During the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has announced that it’s going to deeply integrate Google Duo video calling with its phones starting with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip. Google Duo works across operating systems, so you won’t be limited to who you can video chat with.
Google has been driving Duo as a true cross-platform competitor to Apple’s FaceTime, bringing it to devices of all kinds and even web browsers. By integrating the Duo into its default messaging app, Samsung will eliminate the need to download a separate video messaging app and theoretically use less data. Samsung says it will bring Duo its phones “starting with” the Galaxy S20, so with a little luck, we might see this on older phones, too.
Last year, Google made Duo available on the web and launched Duo group video calling in select regions. On the Galaxy S20, users will be able to talk with up to eight friends at once, and they’ll be able to use the wide lens.