Google wants you to make video calling one of the easiest things you can do on your phone. To achieve this, the Mountain-View California-based tech giant is integrating its video calling app, Duo into Android apps.
By injecting direct support for Duo into its core apps on your Android OS, Google believes that video calling will become easier and everyone can start using Duo—a video calling app it launched last year. This will be achieved by placing direct links within your Phone, Contact, and Messages apps.
“We want to make it even easier to start a video call from your Android device, so we’re making video calling an integrated part of your phone. You can now start a video call directly from where you call or text message your friends, through your Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps,” Jan Jedrzejowicz Product Manager, Phone app said in a blog post.
What is expressly clear from Google’s announcement is that your video calls will be routed through your carrier’s ViLTE service. However, this would depend on if you and the person you are video calling are on a carrier that supports ViLTE video calling. If on the other hand, you and the person you want to make a video call to are not on the same carrier, Google Duo will connect your video through the installed app. It sounds a bit complicated at the moment, but could become clearer as time goes on.
On availability, Google said roll out has been initiated, but first to first-generation Pixel, Android One, Nexus devices, and the Pixel 2 phones for now. More Android devices will be added pretty soon as Google said it’s still working with carrier and device partners to expand the experience. So, be on the lookout if you are not already using one of those phones mentioned here.
Still on integration, users of the Truecaller app now have the additional ability to do other things besides using it to identify or stop annoying calls. You can now make video calls within the Duo app. Once you update the Truecaller app for iPhone to the latest version, you will notice the new Google Duo functionality within the Contact section under a selected contact. With this integration, you will be able to make video calls in addition to being able to make voice calls.
One of the conditions for using this feature is to separately download the Google Duo app on your iPhone. Google wants to make its video calling app Duo, more popular, and integrating it within the Truecaller app is one of the best ways to go about it.
One big issue users are most likely to complain about is how the Truecaller app will have to redirect them to the Google Duo app whenever a video call is initiated. This looks odd to me, and one users are likely to be embittered about. This doesn’t look to good to me considering the fact that users will be made to go through a long process just to make video calls.