T-Mobile the 3rd largest cellular carrier in US has decided to roll out native video calling feature on select Samsung smartphones. To be precise, company will allow native video calling over LTE and WiFi from newly launched Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Samsung Note 5.
There are lots of third party apps which may be used for video calls such as Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangout and Apple Facetime, however, native calling will allow users to video call directly from their phone dialer, just at the push of a button.
Apart from the two newly launched devices mentioned above, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will receive the native video calling update sometime next week.
In a blog post, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray wrote, “Of course there are apps that do video calling,” he wrote. “But this isn’t another app. T-Mobile Video Calling represents a high step forward…[it] works right out-of-the-box from your smartphone’s dialer. There’s no need to search out, download, configure and register additional apps.”
If you own any of the above mentioned Samsung smartphones and interested in activating native video calling functionality then go to your phone’s settings, then “About Device”, then “Software Update”.
As of now the native video calling will only work across T-Mobile network, though company claims it is working with other cellular carriers to allow inter-network video calls. Once installed, small camera icons will appear next to contacts who are able to receive video calls, explains T-Mobile.