For the last couple of months, Google has been planning to integrate its Duo video service with other Android apps. And now, the company is allowing its users to start a Duo video chat in the ordinary phone dialer app.
As reported by Android Police, although Duo’s button has been hidden in the dialer app through updates to the phone app and Duo itself, it’s finally become visible. Usually, when you call someone using the dialer application, you get options like adding a call, mute, and turning on speaker mode. From now on, when you call someone with a number registered with Duo, you will get another option to start a video call.
Hitting that button will simply launch the Duo app on both ends with the caller’s camera being automatically active. The recipient may accept or decline the video call. Once accepted, the Duo video chat takes over, hanging up the initial phone call. However, if the recipient doesn’t accept the video call, it will return to the previous in-call screen. One more thing; make sure your phone is unlocked while you’re trying to switch to a video call.
As the service is enabled, you will get two entries in your call log – one for the initial phone call and another for the Duo video call. It looks like this feature was activated remotely, so it may not be available to all users. Also, if you don’t use Google’s phone app, this video call button won’t appear to you.