Samsung Electronics’ upcoming smartphones -- possibly including the clamshell device unofficially dubbed “Galaxy Z Flip” and the flagship Galaxy S20 series -- are expected to feature a new video chat service supported by Google’s Android system, according to sources.
According to The Korea Herald, Samsung has been in talks with South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom and Google to start a video messaging service on Samsung’s Android-powered phones.
The plan includes linking Google’s mobile video chat service Google DUO with the current rich communication services available on the latest Samsung phones -- the Galaxy S9 and S10 series. This would advance cross-device messaging services for videos of less than 5 megabytes, free of data charges, competing against popular over-the-top messaging services like WhatsApp and KakaoTalk.
Currently, Google provides the video chap application for Android smartphones, along with Chrome, Gmail, Google Photo, Google Play Movie and Google Drive apps.
With Samsung, the video chat service would be usable alongside the phone’s default messaging feature supported by mobile carriers SKT, KT and LG Uplus in South Korea, without the burden of downloading the app or paying extra data charges.
At the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas earlier this month, SKT CEO Park Jung-ho hinted that Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone may feature a video chat service.
“New form factors like the Samsung clamshell foldable device will be good for making video calls,” Park said. “The Samsung clamshell phone is very suitable for video calls and chats, because the upper part of the device can be erected (for video chats while multitasking).”
Slated for debut on Feb. 11, the Samsung clamshell smartphone is a foldable device designed to vertically unfold into a 6.7-inch screen. It will be likely called “Galaxy Z Flip” or “Galaxy Z,” according to some posts on social media.
During the CES 2020, Samsung disclosed plans to launch various types of foldable phones under the Galaxy Z series.