It is now possible for users of Android and Windows to access FaceTime. Apple announced at its WWDC Keynote event that it is launching the video call service for both Web and Android. Previously, FaceTime could only be accessed from Apple’s iOS and Mac devices.
The Windows and Android version of FaceTime will be slightly different, resembling a Zoom video call. It will also be possible to share links of scheduled calls, using which people can join calls in advance.
While Apple hasn’t revealed the release date of the new update, it seems like FaceTime for Web will be out with the launch of iOS 15 coming fall.
Apple also announced a bunch of new FaceTime features that will make appearance with iOS 15. These include a grid view option, a voice isolation feature built to improve sound quality, spatial audio support, a portrait mode that blurs the background, and one major feature that will allow users to watch or listen to the same content at the same time in a group. This feature is called SharePlay and it will let you share songs and videos on your screen with other people. Services other than Apple Music and Apple TV Plus that will support SharePlay include Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, and Twitch.
SharePlay is Apple’s contribution to the latest trend of virtual watch parties that became popular since the pandemic. With all the new features, FaceTime is set to become more of a fun hangout space for users.