"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". The feature was earlier spotted online and now Google has made the announcement official.
The official Wallpapers app from Google received a few new categories today, including a wallpaper specifically for all Pixel users that was showcased on the Pixel 2 at Google's October 4 event. Essentially Duo will try and place itself like FaceTime equivalent in the Android universe with the app being integrated into the three main system apps.
This means consumers can now make video calls directly from the phone, messages, and contacts.
The roll out will begin with the first generation Pixel, Android One and Nexus devices, as well as the brand new Pixel 2 phones.
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Initially launched past year with the first Pixel, Google's Wallpapers app has quickly grown to be my favorite tool for customizing the look of my home and lock screen. "We're working with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time", wrote product manager Jan Jedrzejowicz.
It may be noted that you and the recipient need to have Google Duo installed on one of the supported handsets (Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices) to access video-calling directly from the phone. Of course, such high quality might not possible on regular Duo calls. If you are a Google Pixel user, you can notice other two categories including Underwater, and Keep Looking.