Google is Bringing Video Calling to Android

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That could be kept as an exclusive for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners.

"We're making video calling an integrated part of your phone", Google product manager Jan Jedrzejowicz writes.

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ship in a little over a week for early adopters, but for some customers, trying the phone in person is the only thing that will actually seal the deal.

However, that's never really been the case with Android, with Google's Hangouts and Duo apps failing to offer the same levels of integration.

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The ability to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap is coming "later this year".

Google notes that if both you and your partner have ViLTE-capable (Video over LTE) handsets, the video call will be routed through the service rather than Duo.

As far as everyone else is concerned, it'll be the familiar waiting game while Google works with OEMs and mobile carriers, so don't expect a rapid roll out. You can now download the Google Play Store APK v8.3.42 from the link shared below, and don't forget to share with us if you do find anything interesting inside this latest Play Store update.

As for supported devices, you and whoever you are video calling only have a handful to choose from. There are also new additions in the existing categories, including that Rainy day wallpaper that we saw on the Pixel 2, but that's again a Pixel exclusive. Also, both the contacts need to be available on ViLTE and this puts a niche tag to the feature.