Google Duo to be integrated with Android Messages, Contacts, and Phone app

Google is a bit more generous than Apple when it comes to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus trade-ins

Google is a bit more generous than Apple when it comes to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus trade-ins

"Later this year, we'll also add the ability to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap", announced Google in a blog post. Some communication apps have integrated with Google Duo for video calls but it's only now that the Android team made video calling part of the messaging feature. We're already seeing the integration on the Phone and Contacts app of the Nexus 6P, however, not within the Android Messages app yet. With that in mind, video calls are becoming an integrated feature of the Android experience.

Unfortunately, none of the Pixel 2's new live wallpapers are available, with Google likely restricting them to the newer phones or an upcoming system update for the Pixel.

Google clears that users will have to run the latest versions of the Phone (v13.0), Contacts (v2.1), and Android Messages (v2.6) app to support the feature.

As always, Google is rolling out the new Play Store version (8.3.42) in stages and it might take a few days or weeks before it reaches your Android devices. If you are on different networks or don't have the service, Google Duo will simply connect your video call to anyone with the Duo app also installed. From the phone app for example, the option to make a video call will appear in call history and search.

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