Apple has long used FaceTime to draw people into its ecosystem, but you won’t need an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to participate in every conversation.
Indeed, Android and Windows users will finally be able to join FaceTime calls. During its opening keynote at WWDC 2021, Apple announced that FaceTime is going to be available on the web so that users can call from Android devices and Windows PCs. Video calling service was previously only available on iOS and Mac devices.
With this update, Apple is transforming FaceTime into a video calling service a little closer to Zoom. FaceTime will also allow you to enter a link to a scheduled call , in order to share it in advance with people and to join them at the right time.
The good thing is that Android and Windows users can now join FaceTime calls for one-on-one or group video chats. The downside is that it looks like you’ll still have to use an Apple device to initiate or schedule a FaceTime call. This FaceTime approach might not please Android and Windows users who would have hoped for native apps to start conversations. However, it greatly expands FaceTime’s audience and ensures that you won’t be left out of conversations. It also helps address claims that Apple artificially limits the functionality of its devices to boost hardware sales. Of course, this could help him avoid antitrust complaints,
No release date has been announced immediately. FaceTime’s new cross-platform (sort of) capabilities are set to debut with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, but that’s just one of the new features in the service.
A mess of novelties
Apple has also announced a number of other updates to FaceTime in iOS 15. There is a new grid display option, a voice isolation feature to improve sound quality, support for audio and video. ‘spatial audio and the option to blur your background with “portrait mode”.
There is also a major new feature called SharePlay. SharePlay allows a group of people to watch or listen to the same thing at the same time. This feature allows you to bring up songs, videos or share your screen. Some big names are ready to support this feature, including Disney +, Hulu, HBO Max, and Twitch. Of course, Apple Music and Apple TV + also support it.