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Joanna Estrada
October 13, 2017

To achieve this, the Mountain-View California-based tech giant is integrating its video calling app, Duo into Android apps.

Assistant is a little bit fragmented (if you hadn't noticed) with Google Home, Phones, Android Wear, TV and even Auto all having different amounts of integration.

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.

What is expressly clear from Google's announcement is that your video calls will be routed through your carrier's ViLTE service.

If you're outside of the United States, you're also going to miss out - for the time being, at least.

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's been working hard to bridge this gap as much as possible, and in its latest attempt to do this, you can finally send videos and music to your Chromecast-enabled devices from the Google Assistant on your phone. You can't resize it or move it around, and there's only two options that can be changed now - you can toggle "Calendar events" and "Traffic information" ON and OFF. If you have a Nexus 5 or newer device, however, you'll be able to grab it. It's a very useful feature that really plays to the strengths of the Chromecast platform, but it's been unfortunate that it couldn't be used by Android devices.

That being said, with cheap data rates, people are making the most out of video calling services today. If they have, users can make video calls from these apps to their contacts who also use Google Duo. This looks odd to me, and one users are likely to be embittered about.

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