Starting today, on certain Android handsets like the Pixel and Nexus, a trio of apps will allow users to make video calls using Google Duo. Calls can be made to contacts through your Phone, Contacts and Messages apps. Each one of the three options have a different way to initiate a call. The handsets would need to have Android 7.0 or higher.
From the phone app, the option to make a video call will appear in call history and search. In Contacts, the option to make a Duo video call will surface next to the contact’s name. And in the Messages app, one can begin a video chat directly from your conversation.
Google said that it is working with its device and carrier partners to bring this feature to a number of other Android devices. When this might take place is unknown; also unknown are the names of other Android models that will be getting this feature. It also said that if a video chat is taking place between two handsets supporting VoLTE (Video over LTE), the video will be carried over the latter rather than through Duo.
(Story filed by Debroop Roy)