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

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Starting today, a few handsets will be able to send a Duo video chat from a trio of Android apps

In Contacts, you will notice a Duo video call icon has also appeared, while in Android Messages app, you can start a call straight from your chat.

Google officially unveiled the new Pixel 2 series smartphones last week. We want to make it even easier to start a video call from your Android device, so we're making video calling an integrated part of your phone. And before the year ends, a voice call can be upgraded to a video call in an instant.

"We're working with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time", said Google.

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 with all new features rolling out to Android, when you get them depends on the handset being used. 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.

So, just how do you make a video call with the new integration?

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

If both the caller and the recipient are on a carrier that supports ViLTE video calling, the calls will be routed through the carrier's ViLTE service.

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