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FaceTime comes to Android, Windows with web access

Gelo Gonzales
FaceTime comes to Android, Windows with web access

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Apple users can set up a chat link that Windows and Android users can access

Non-Apple users will soon be able to use the company’s popular video chat app FaceTime, as announced at WWDC 2021 on Tuesday, June 8.

There won’t be an app specific to those platforms though, and you’ll still need an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to initiate a chat. An Apple device user must launch a chat session, and get the chat link similar to a Zoom or Google Meet call. The link can be opened by anyone on Android and Windows, using the latest Chrome or Edge browser.

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While there doesn’t seem to be a full-fledged FaceTime solution on the non-Apple platforms, it does open up FaceTime to more users. Without the just-announced feature, users would use rivals such as Meet or Zoom instead.

The call will still be end-to-end encrypted, and FaceTime calls opened by non-Apple users may be more limited in features.

The feature is expected to rollout in late Q3 2021. Apple appears to be opening up its “walled garden” this year as it also announced that its virtual assistant Siri will be coming to third-party devices such as smart appliances. – Rappler.com

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.