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Google is now making video calling easier and faster on Android smartphones

13 October, 2017, 20:20 | Author: Nadine Todd
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Google wants you to make video calling one of the easiest things you can do on your phone.

The company wants to make video calling from Android device "an integrated part of your phone", which is getting a helping hand from its Duo app.

Like the Google Pixel 2's launcher that we reported on earlier today, the guys over at XDA have managed to extract the new Pixel Camera APK for those with the original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL (running Android 8.0 Oreo or above) to install.

Jan Jedrzejowicz, Product Manager, Phone app of Google Duo. The ability to say "Ok Google, play Android Central videos on my TV" or "Ok Google, play Spotify on my speakers" is still wickedly cool, but up until this point, you couldn't replicate the same action on your phone.

Google has also posted a new support note for making video calls with the latest versions of the Android Phone, Contacts and Messages apps.

To download the new Pixel 2 launcher, head over to Android File Host for the launcher APK right this minute.

One of the conditions for using this feature is to separately download the Google Duo app on your iPhone.

Users that opt to use this launcher on a non-Google smartphone should know that they'll not immediately have access to the Google Assistant homepage. Google Wallpaper will be the best complement for Pixel 2 launcher. This doesn't look to good to me considering the fact that users will be made to go through a long process just to make video calls.

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