Finally, An Android Messages App That Has A Video Calling Feature
Among the few things I miss about the experience of the iPhone is the ability to FaceTime a friend directly on the Messages app. It’s a minor but sensible convenience Apple has picked up early on and offered to its users.
Google is, at least, catching up.
In a blog post, they announced the addition of video calling within some of their home-developed apps, including Messages, Contacts, and Phone. Users previously needed to go to Duo, Google’s own video messaging platform, in order to reach a contact in a face-to-face video call, but now they can do it in these apps. Here’s a brief look of it in action:
One caveat is that for now, users must have the Duo app installed on both ends. However, Google promises that they’re working on making the feature more natively available in their phones; in fact, video calling is going to be a native feature in its Pixel, Nexus, and AndroidOne devices. Video calling is available in the Pixel 2 phones out of the box.
Google also notes that it’s working closely with carriers and device manufacturers to make video calling available to a bigger demographic.
Download any of the apps I’ve mentioned and take Google’s video calling feature for a spin. Let me know what you think!
Source: Google’s Blog