Maybe you’re unaware of this, but Google has its own version of Apple’s FaceTime. It’s called Duo. The app, which launched in 2016, is already on more than 100 million Android devices around the world. Google’s not satisfied with that figure, though. Duo has the potential to be used on many more devices if integrated into the platform properly. So that’s exactly what Google plans on doing.
Duo will be integrated into system-level software on the Pixel 2, Pixel, Nexus devices, and Android One devices by the end of the year. Everything except the Pixel 2 is getting an update through the Play Store for Duo now, and Google’s soon-to-be-released flagship will ship with the feature. It’ll probably take a few weeks for the app’s update to reach everyone.
Google is making video calling on Android easier than ever. Through the Phone app, you can quickly select a contact to reach by video. If both of you are on a carrier that support ViLTE, your video call will use their service. It’s the same idea behind VoLTE, which is for voice calling. But, if one of you or no one has ViLTE from their carrier, Duo will handle everything as usual. There’s seamless technology at work to keep video calling quick and fluid.
If you don’t own one of Google’s in-house products, you’ll probably be waiting until early 2018 to use the enhanced Duo.