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Google is now in the midst of cooperating with operators and manufacturers to make video calling a reality on a wide range of Android devices over time.

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

Google is rolling out a new feature, enabled by its Duo app, that makes video calling a more central feature of the phone.

What is expressly clear from Google's announcement is that your video calls will be routed through your carrier's ViLTE service. You can now start a video call directly from where you call or text message your friends, through your Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. It sounds a bit complicated at the moment, but could become clearer as time goes on. You might have seen the new Pixel launcher that comes pre-installed on those devices.

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Still on integration, users of the Truecaller app now have the additional ability to do other things besides using it to identify or stop annoying calls. If you want the Feed to work, you will need to install it as a system app.

This is a feature that's been available on Google Home since day one, and it's something that I find myself regularly using.

We tested it on a Google Pixel ourselves and found that, while the AR Stickers and Motion Photos didn't work, Face Retouching and the exposure lock were functional.