Google Pixel, Pixel XL to support Wi-Fi calling feature on Reliance Jio

Google collaborated with Reliance Jio to offer Wi-Fi calling feature on Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones in India, will roll out with Android 7.1.2 Nougat update

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Highlights

    • Google collaborated with Reliance Jio to offer Wi-Fi calling in India.
    • The feature will be available on Pixel and Pixel XL.
    • It will roll out with Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

Google has added Wi-Fi calling support on its flagship smartphone Pixel and Pixel XL. The Mountain View search giant announced the Wi-Fi calling feature in partnership with Reliance Jio. Google on its official India Twitter account said that the Google Pixel on Reliance Jio’s network will soon get VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling feature with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat update. “Now say hi over wi-fi. VoLTE and WiFi calling, now available to Pixel on Jio. Watch out for the next Nougat update,” the tweet reads.

Essentially Google added 4G VoLTE calling support in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones with Android 7.1.1 update back in December last year. The company now seems to bring the Wi-Fi calling feature following the same update cycle.

For those who don’t know about Wi-Fi calling, the feature enables the user to make and receive calls, texts over a Wi-Fi connection instead of using the users carrier’s network connection.

The Wi-Fi Calling is technically similar to the VoIP calling services like Skype, WhatsApp, etc., but this feature uses the mobile number. The Wi-Fi calling feature uses internet to make calls however, unlike VoIP, it places the call on the mobile number itself. The feature will come handy whenever the user has weak network coverage on their mobile phone.

The Wi-Fi Calling feature has already been available in the US quite for some time. Google although initiated the Wi-Fi calling service on its Pixel devices, the smartphones are not the first one to come with this support in the country.
Samsung back in October 2016 had pushed the Wi-Fi calling to its previous flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but not of the telecom provider proffered support for this feature in India.