OnePlus to integrate Google Duo as a native video calling app to its devices

“The Google Duo video calling capability will be integrated across call logs, contacts, dial pad, and messaging”

OnePlus has announced its plan to introduce Google Duo as a native video calling app on its devices. The company will soon roll out a stable OxygenOS software that’ll integrate the feature to OnePlus 6, 6T, 5, 5T, and eventually on the OnePlus 3, 3T with Android Pie update. With the software update, users will be able to use Google Duo’s video calling capabilities directly from call logs, contacts, dial pad, and messaging.

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The phonemaker hasn’t revealed the exact timeline but says the build will be out over the coming week. However, if you’re eager to try the feature, it’s already available in Open Beta builds of OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T devices. Notably, even after the update, users will continue to have access to the traditional carrier video call option. OnePlus claims that the incorporation of the new feature will enhance video calling utility for its users thus providing OnePlus’ promise of refined, fast and smooth Android experience.

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The integration of Google Duo seems to be in line with OnePlus effort to bring more Google services to OxygenOS. Prior to this, the company had added Google Lens to its camera app. The lens allows users to use the phone’s camera to surface information about the objects through machine learning to provide more details and provide relevant search tags. It can also be used to scan QR codes and use the image recognition tool to get more information about things like books, buildings, and works of art, by simply tapping on it.

In related news, OnePlus is all set to unveil its first 5G smartphone at the upcoming tech extravaganza MWC 2019. The company has rolled out press invite and partnered with Qualcomm for the breakthrough. The handset will most likely rock Snapdragon 855 SoC along with Snapdragon X50 modem for the next-gen cellular network.