Apple FaceTime is Coming to Android and Windows
While FaceTime is the major reason why people buy iPhones in the first place, the news that Apple’s iOS-only video-audio calling application will be coming to Android and Windows platforms startled everyone. The decision to open FaceTime to non-Apple users indicates a change in Apple’s walled-garden policy, but it’s actually part of a larger goal to pull more Android/Windows users into the Apple ecosystem.
With this step, Apple is making FaceTime more like Zoom’s video calling service. FaceTime will also let you get a link to a scheduled meeting so you may share it with others ahead of time and join in at the appropriate time. There was no immediate word on a release date. The web features appear to be coming with iOS 15 in the fall.
FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows
Apple said at WWDC 2021 that Android and Windows users will be able to join FaceTime calls later this year as part of iOS 15. Yes, Android and Windows users will be able to join FaceTime calls for the first time. It’s a significant move by a company known for maintaining tight control over its platforms.
What Apple didn’t tell you is that users on Android and PC can’t make FaceTime calls on their own. They’ll need an Apple device as well as an Apple account, and they’ll only be able to join a call if they’ve been invited via a link from another Apple user.
What’s New in FaceTime?
FaceTime, which was first introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010. It has now received its most significant update in a decade during Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote. Apple also revealed that iOS 15 will provide a number of other FaceTime updates. A new grid view option has been added, as well as a voice isolation feature to increase sound quality, spatial audio support. There is also an option to blur your background using “portrait mode.”
Apple introduces SharePlay, a significant new feature. SharePlay allows a group of people to simultaneously view or listen to the same thing. You may use the feature to add songs, videos, or mirror your screen. Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, and Twitch are among the companies that are in the support of this feature. It is supported by Apple Music and Apple TV Plus of course.
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