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Wi-Fi calling coming soon to Google Pixel on Jio network in India
Google India has tweeted that the upcoming Android Nougat update for Pixel and Pixel XL will get the devices ready for VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling.
While the VoLTE support came as part of Android 7.1.1 update in December last year, the post implies that Wi-Fi calling is coming soon. The feature will be bundled as part of the Android 7.1.2 update for both Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
Wi-Fi calling allows users to make and receive calls and send texts over a Wi-Fi connection instead of mobile network when the latter is not available. Unlike VoIP services like Skype, Wi-Fi calling lets you use your phone number over the internet, and doesn’t require a separate app.
Both Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge already have support for Wi-Fi calling, but no carrier in India supports the feature. However, looks like Jio wants to rejig the ecosystem after offering free calls via VoLTE.