Google simplifies Android video calling

Google simplifies Android video calling

The company will let Android users start a video call directly from within the Google Phone, Contacts, and stock Messages app.

Additionally, there's a new Pixel 2 Cityscape wallpaper, but you'll need a Pixel or Pixel XL to access that one.

This means consumers can now make video calls directly from the phone, messages, and contacts. Not only just the normal Duo Call over the Internet, the Google also says that they will be enabling a Video Call feature over 4G LTE Network, aka ViLTE.

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So, if you thought there's really no particular reason to download and install the latest Android security patch on your Google Pixel or Nexus 6P phone, well, there you have it. "We're working with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time", said Jan Jedrzejowicz, Product Manager, Phone app at Google in an announcement blog. And in the Android Messages app, you can begin a video chat directly from your conversation. If you're not on a carrier with that service, Google will link the call through its Duo app, as long as both parties have it installed.

From within the phone app, you'll be able to initiate a video call from the call history or search.

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