Google's Duo voice chat app is about to become Android's FaceTime

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Google Duo with ViLTE is now being integrated into Phone, Contacts and Message apps on Android.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced at the beginning of the month and will launch next week.

FaceTime has been an integral part of Apple's iOS operating system since 2010.

Google's new initiative will make video calling easy and simple for the Android mobile users.

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But Duo is a requirement, even if you never launch the app and only want to use video calling from the Android Messages, Contacts, and Phone apps.

The roll out will begin with the first generation Pixel, Android One and Nexus devices, as well as the brand new Pixel 2 phones.

The ability to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap is coming "later this year". We're already seeing the integration on the Phone and Contacts app of the Nexus 6P, however, not within the Android Messages app yet.

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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.

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.

Lastly, to try the integration using ViLTE, you and whoever you're video calling have to be on Verizon, a Google spokesperson confirmed with VentureBeat. Primarily, Google's video calling app Duo will be the main app that will make video call to anyone with the app installed.

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