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Samsung working on integrating Google Duo directly into the Samsung Messages app for Galaxy devices

According to an APK teardown report, Samsung is working on integrating the Google Duo app directly into the Samsung Messages app for Galaxy smartphones.

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9to5google took a closer look for signs of any Google Duo integration at the latest version of the Samsung Messages app. The publication also “found a direct mention of being able to call someone using either Google Duo or your phone’s default video calling app.”

<string name=”video_call_with_default_phone_app”>Default phone app</string>

<string name=”video_call_with_duo”>Duo</string>

There’s “both monochrome and full-color versions of Google Duo’s logo and a similar logo signaling an audio-only Duo call”.

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In the teardown, “one of the icons seems to be placed side-by-side with the call, search, and menu buttons found along the top of the conversation view.” You can check below how it should look when enabled.

Image: 9to5google

In the app code, the Samsung Messages app is creating an Android “Intent” to start the video call to a particular mobile number using the Google Duo app. You can see the code below:

Image: 9to5google

This week, The Korea Herald has also reported that the South Korean company is in talks with Google and Korean carrier SK Telecom to create a video chat service powered by Google Duo that enhances RCS messaging.

The Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip could feature Google Duo integration in the Samsung Message app. Let’s wait for the official launch.


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