Apple brings FaceTime to Android, Windows, but why not worry about Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others

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Apple brings FaceTime to Android, Windows, but why not worry about Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others

Apple made a big announcement at the 2021 World Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech that it will now enable FaceTime for Android and Windows users. This news made people immediately assume that Apple’s FaceTime will now compete with Zoom, Google Meet up, Microsoft Equipment and others.
Apple opening FaceTime calls to Android and Windows users is definitely a big development given that Apple makes a concerted effort to keep all linked services and products within its iOS wall. But before you get excited that you can use FaceTime on your Android phone, keep in mind that there are certain things that Apple didn’t reveal. This is what you need to know.
Android and Windows users will only be able to access FaceTime calls via the web
Apple only allows FaceTime calls for Android and Windows users over the web. Apple iPhone users will be able to create and share links to FaceTime calls with Windows and Android users through messages, email, WhatsApp or any other platform. On the other hand, Android and Windows PC users will need to join the FaceTime call by accessing the link in their internet browser. Fortunately, Apple mentioned that all FaceTime calls will be end-to-end encrypted.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams have dedicated apps for Android, Windows, and iOS. Google Meet doesn’t have a Windows app, but there are dedicated apps for both Android and iOS. Additionally, Google makes it easy for Gmail users to access Google Meet. Both Zoom and Microsoft Teams offer a variety of features in their respective apps, and the experience may not be the same when using FaceTime in a browser.
Only iPhone users can make FaceTime calls to Android and Windows users
You cannot start a FaceTime call without having an iPhone. Android and Windows users can only accept FaceTime calls made from an iPhone, but cannot make them. So if an Android or Windows user needs to communicate with someone using an iPhone, they will have to stick with Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.
Apple has added a ton of features to FaceTime to improve call quality with spatial audio support, voice isolation feature, grid view, and more Zoom-like features. These can make Android users attracted to buying an iPhone. But Apple is in no way trying to compete with Zoom or others at least now. Unless FaceTime becomes an open app for everyone to use, it will only be intended for iPhone users and they will eventually have to use Zoom, Google Meet, and others to communicate with people outside of the iOS bubble.


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