Video calling is not a big problem these days, considering that there loads of mobile apps that easily allow users to make video calls, such as Skype, Facebook’s Messenger, Apple’s FaceTime, and Google Hangouts, just to name a few. T-Mobile, however, has plans to make video calls native on a certain number of its mobile devices.
As revealed by the wireless carrier in its website, T-Mobile will be deploying the feature to a select group of handsets, specifically Samsung smartphones that include the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 (the rollout for these two devices is ongoing now), as well as the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which will start to be incorporated with the feature in a few days.
T-Mobile obviously wants to provide Android users, especially those who own Samsung Galaxy handsets, a more native video calling experience directly tied to the network, as opposed to availing of the service via mobile apps. Now, there is nothing wrong with other video calling apps, but having the feature made native on their handsets should be a plus for Samsung Galaxy owners.
To take advantage of the native video calling feature, owners of any one of the Galaxy devices mentioned earlier should download the update by going to Settings, then heading to About Device, and then going to Software Update. After the user has installed the update, small camera icons should start to be displayed next to contacts who have the capability of taking video calls.
As for now, the native video calling feature will only function across T-Mobile’s own network. The wireless carrier, however, is quick to note that it is currently working with others in trying to make video calling work across other networks. This means that soon, we could be seeing T-Mobile join forces with Verizon Wireless, which launched its HD Voice and video calling in 2014. Similar to T-Mobile’s feature, Verizon’s video calling option is made native on its handsets.
The video calling feature can work over LTE and Wi-Fi networks, and can shift between the two easily. Also, whenever the user finds himself making video calls on a slower connection, the native feature will seamlessly shift to a voice call. And when the connection improves, the user can then shift back to the LTE or Wi-Fi connection, and then re-activate the video call feature with just a single tap.
Obviously, deploying the native video calling feature to more smartphones (beyond Samsung Galaxy devices) will be a challenge for T-Mobile. The process may be slow but the wireless carrier nonetheless plans to add more supported handsets in the coming few months. To know more about other T-Mobile deals, you can start exploring plans and phones from T-Mobile at Wirefly now.
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