I appreciate the FaceTime Olive Branch of Apple as a green bubble

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It isn’t the best mockup of an Android device, but I’ll take the FaceTime feature.
Screenshot: Apple

techno.rentetan.com – As soon as I saw that Apple mocked a FaceTime call on its WWDC keynote, I wrote to my best friend. “FaceTime for Android users has been announced by Apple,” I wrote to it. “You can create a link to the Zoom, and from my phone I will join you.” I have typed three emojis to transmit my happiness over a small feature that reaches iOS 15. However, it excites me most as an Android user.

Apple has revealed that FaceTime is going to look and work like a conference call from the Zoom and Microsoft Teams, right up to the grid view. You can also schedule calls, which send users of other devices a link to join. You can select the link to open it in your browser if you use an Android or Windows device. And you can jump from there on to an Apple user’s FaceTime call. An Apple device and an Apple account are required for the person scheduling FaceTime call. Anybody else can join this link, irrespective of whether they have entered their Apple account.

This feature is easy to see as another of Apple’s efforts to spread the ecosystem. The pandemic forces all of us to rely on video conferencing for business meetings and even happy hours and while it would have been a very useful feature a year ago, opening up FaceTime to different platforms would make it easy for Apple to offer another way to virtually sync with colleagues, friends and families on other platforms without fragmentation. It also feels like a nice branch of olive for people like myself who don’t want to bring Apple products to their lives, although all around me seem to use them.

We have Google Duo on the Android side, a FaceTime similar video chat app. However I have not been able to get anyone to call me, even not my husband, who is an Android user but is committed to using Hangouts while it remains around. But I don’t know how hard I tried all those years. Mostly in my family and friends groups I’m the only Green Bubble.

Since I had a kid, there has been a greater disparity in video chatting platforms when the relatives leave the woodworking area to check in. They’re going to ask me, ‘Can we FaceTime?’ “Your daughter, I want to see!” Those who usually ask me, namely grandparents and cousins, are entitled to do so. But it can be hellish to coordinate with everyone. It would also be unnecessary to have them adopt an application they are not familiar with for the sole purpose of video chatting.

iOS 15’s new browser FaceTime capability will simplify the family’s online process. I don’t have to change platforms to do so, and Apple has all their industry capabilities, as every call is encrypted from bottom to bottom. For all involved, it’s a win-win.

Naturally, there are caveats as with everything in life. Every time you want FaceTime on another platform, you will need to create a link with one person. My best friend would like to see her calls more spontaneous than to send a link to make sure I’m ready to join the room. This is not the best way to chat. However, it is nothing other than to make sure she’s available on WhatsApp, and she can at least make the call and hop natively. I’m willing to accommodate her and my child if that means I can connect more often.