FaceTime Tidbits: Works on Android, UI Changes, Optical Zoom And More

Apple announced major updates to FaceTime alongside iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey. The update brings new additions and changes how you can set up and use FaceTime to make calls with other people.

Link sharing allows you to generate a link to a FaceTime call, and send it to other people. They can open it on their iPhone, iPad or Mac and join using the FaceTime app. Users on Android and Windows can also join the call through a web browser. Apple says recent versions of Chrome and Edge are supported.

iOS and macOS users will only be able to start a call and share a link, although others can join a one-time call and Group FaceTime call in their browser.

Audio-focused features like Spatial Audio and Voice Isolation mode make speech sound more natural and reduce background noise. Portrait mode video is also supported, and a new Grid View layout displays all users in a call in a tile-like view.

Additionally, FaceTime on iOS now supports optical zoom on the rear camera, so you can crop in on a subject or part of a landscape instead of moving from your position, where the connection could potentially become unstable.

The FaceTime app on iOS has also receive user interface updates, with dedicated buttons for starting a video or audio call, and creating a link. Previous calls are also ordered with the most recent ones at the top, similar to previous versions.

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