OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer recently updated the OxygenOS. The update focuses on bug fixing, display optimization, system improvements, security patches and deep integrates the Google Duo app inside the default phone app. You’ll be able to access this feature once you’ve upgraded to OxygenOS 9.0.12.
This deep integration would allow users to make video calls via Duo straight from their default dialer app. While the integration is surely a nice thing, but it has brought a few UI changes to the Phone app.
You can just navigate to the contacts screen click on the contact and you’ll see a “DUO video call” option if the contact has signed up on it in the past. However, if your contact hasn’t used it, you’ll get an option to invite it, you’ll exactly see, “Duo video call (invite).”
The call history screen previously had the information button and SIM options previously, but now you’ll see three vertical dots on the right-hand side which will have all the previous options. On clicking the contact from the call history, it’ll straight away dial the number from your preferred SIM, if you don’t have a default SIM for calls, it’ll give you the option to choose. For DUO, you’ll see a video call button if the user is on DUO, but will see a small “+” on the video call icon to invite a user to the platform.
Most of the Tech savvy people never go to the contacts section, they just search for the contact via entering the name from the dialer (use numbers to get corresponding alphabets) So if your contact has signed into the DUO app, you’ll be able to see a video call icon on the right-hand side of the search. You won’t see it if the contact isn’t on DUO.
While this integration is a good thing, but allowing users to choose their video call provider could actually be a nice addon. Because most of them might have DUO installed, but might prefer using WhatsApp or Facebook because their contacts might be using those platforms. We’ll get in touch with OnePlus and suggest this add-on. Support us by sharing this on your social media handles and letting the brand know.