OnePlus has done a fantastic job of keeping its devices as close to the stock experience as possible with some added features as part of its OxygenOS layer. In the latest update to OxygenOS, OnePlus has added deeper integration of Google Duo into the Phone app.
Google added integration to the Pixel dialer way back in 2017, but since OnePlus uses a different app, the company has decided to add similar functionality to OxygenOS. As of OxygenOS 9.0.12 on the OnePlus 6T, and OxygenOS 9.0.4 for the OnePlus 6, 5, and 5T, you’ll notice a video button alongside names in your contacts and call log. OnePlus has also promised the functionality will roll out to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T with the upcoming Android Pie update.
“Earlier in 2018, we conducted a research study with OnePlus users in India on video calling capability,” OnePlus product manager Szymon K. wrote in a forum post. “Here, Google Duo ranked the highest in terms of call quality. Following this, we’re now introducing Google Duo as a native function for video calls on our devices and are providing enhanced video calling quality for all OnePlus users.”
Users will also be able to access the traditional carrier video calling option (currently available on the latest Open Beta builds for the OnePlus 6 and 6T) by selecting the option “Contact > Select contact > See all > Choose video call.”
Although a small change, it removes a step to interact with your contacts by utilizing Google Duo to make it seem more native, rather than having to launch another app separately.