The Pixel 2 models will be here in just a few days time, but as is tradition, the folks over at XDA have already got the new launcher ripped and ready to be installed on most Android phones out there.
Google has announced that it is adding the functionality to start a video call directly from a call or text messages on the phone, as well as from contacts and Android Messaging apps.
"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".
Google also said that only phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above with the latest versions of Phone, Android Messages, and Contacts will be able to access video calling at their fingertips.
If they don't, the only way they can chat with each other face-to-face is if their carrier supports ViLTE (Video over LTE).
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On the photography front, you're looking at a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and autofocus capability. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the rear camera setup, which gives a unique look to the overall aesthetics.
What is expressly clear from Google's announcement is that your video calls will be routed through your carrier's ViLTE service. We downloaded and tested it on a Pixel XL running Oreo and it is working flawlessly, Google Now intact.
The app itself is fairly simple, but nonetheless impressive and useful. You can now make video calls within the Duo app. With this integration, you will be able to make video calls in addition to being able to make voice calls.
This is a feature that's been available on Google Home since day one, and it's something that I find myself regularly using.
Still, if you want to get your hands on the new Pixel Launcher, you can do so by following the link below.