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Android needs to steal this video calling feature from Apple right now

Who says you have to choose between staring at the smartphone screen or the camera during a video call?

Published onJuly 3, 2019

Facetime on iOS devices.
Facetime on an iPhone and iPad. Apple

One of the biggest annoyances during video calls is that you have to choose between looking at the screen or looking at the camera. Point your eyes at the screen and it’s like you’re not staring at other participants in the call, but cast your gaze to the camera and you can’t actually see what the other participants are doing.

Now, Apple has introduced a killer solution in the latest iOS 13 beta, and Google should definitely add this to Android. The “Facetime Attention Correction” feature, spotted by Twitter users Will Sigmon and Mike Rundle, corrects your gaze while conducting FaceTime calls.

Guys – “FaceTime Attention Correction” in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.
Here are some comparison photos featuring @flyosity:
— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019

Apple is essentially using software to give the impression that you’re looking at the camera when you’re actually looking at the screen. In other words, you’re getting the best of both worlds.

According to users on the iOSbeta subreddit, Facetime Attention Correction is currently exclusive to the 2018 iPhones and the iPad Pro 2018. Hopefully the feature makes its way to older devices too when iOS 13 hits prime-time.

In any event, we’d love to see the feature land on Android or third-party apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom. It’s also a reminder that for all the hate Apple gets from some quarters, it’s still capable of delivering features you didn’t know you wanted.

What do you think of Facetime Attention Correction? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

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