30 January 2020
Samsung is reportedly working on integrating Google Duo video calling service within its native messaging app. As per the Korean publication The Korea Herald, the integration is expected to become available with the upcoming Galaxy S20 series and foldable phone Galaxy Z Flip that are expected to get official next month.
The report mentions that Samsung is currently having talks with Google and local carrier SK Telecom. It is not clear whether the latter is the only carrier or there are other carriers involved as well. As for the execution part, Samsung is said to be thinking of linking Duo's video calling functionality with Rich Communication Services (RCS).
It is suggested once the integration rolls out, users will be able to make Google Duo video calls directly from within the text messaging app. This will prevent the need for exiting the messaging app and then go to the Duo app for making a video call. It will remove extra steps and make the whole process faster and more convenient.
One strong reason to believe that the report has at least some truth to it is a recent APK teardown by 9to5Google folks. They have spotted code strings suggesting that some sort of integration between Duo and messaging apps is in underworks. The exact functionality is unknown for the time being but we should get a better idea with time.