Google is Bringing Video Calling to Android

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We covered several of them in our roundup of the 10 best features of the Pixel 2, including the Now Playing feature, which allows the phone to constantly listen for music in the background and identify it, displaying the title and artist of the song on the screen.

That's about to change though, with Google announcing plans to do with Duo what Apple has been doing with FaceTime for years.

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

There's a lot to love about the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, from a powerful new camera to a squeezable frame that launches Google Assistant, but one feature that hasn't received much attention is the phone's calendar widget.

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Also if both users are on carrier service that supports ViLTE video calling, the video calls will be routed through the carrier's ViLTE service. However, there's already a third-party app that offers the same basic experience, and you can download it now. In the previous version Google indices new features like Cookbooks, FAB button, Fast Scroll and Quick Install.

As for supported devices, you and whoever you are video calling only have a handful to choose from. It will also show up on the Pixel 2. You can also use an Android One device, but if you have one of those, chances are you're not doing video calling. In the rare case that both are, Duo will choose ViLTE. For now though, its availability is still extremely limited.

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