During the WWDC keynote, Apple officially announced it wants to allow Android and Windows users to make and join FaceTime calls through the web.
Since the launch time, FaceTime has always been available to just iOS and Mac users. However, with these changes, Apple is opening up its ecosystem to reach more users and stoke interest in its services.
The ability to join FaceTime calls from a non-Apple device makes FaceTime a direct competitor to Zoom. But, of course, this feature isn’t still active, and it may go live this fall with the iOS 15 launch.
Another feature that Apple promised during WWDC was the shareable links for FaceTime scheduled calls. This way, you can share a meeting link with other people so that they can join on time.
Users can join FaceTime calls through Android and Windows browsers
The Zoom experienced stunning growth during the coronavirus pandemic and added millions of new users around the world. So Apple does not want to lag behind, and it intends to make its video calling app more accessible.
Of course, adding support for Android and Windows devices wasn’t the only update for FaceTime. Apple’s popular video calling app is updated with a bunch of new and helpful features. You can find the changes on the Apple website.
Apple has to be a more open ecosystem
Apple is very conservative when it comes to opening doors for other operating systems. Actually, Apple knows its ecosystem as a closed tribe that doesn’t like to make contact with other tribes.
Well, maybe that’s why even some famous people in the business claim that Apple acts as a monopolist. Of course, Apple CEO Tim Cook has always denied the claim, but this is what Apple is known for.
The recent war between Apple and Epic reveals some interesting information about Apple’s strategy for launching its apps for other operating systems. Dates back to 2013, Apple decided to cancel its plans for bringing iMessage to Android. The reason behind the decision was Apple believed it could hurt the company.