FaceTime will soon be available for Android and Windows devices via the web
At this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the tech giant announced the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS. On top of that, however, another major announcement was included involving one of its most popular services: FaceTime will soon support Android and Windows via the web.
Both during the keynote and on the official preview website for macOS Monterey (12), Apple detailed that its FaceTime video and audio calling service will be getting numerous new features. On top of support for different mic modes, spatial audio, screen sharing, and media group watching, the previously Apple hardware-exclusive service will now support Windows and Android devices via the web. Apple specifically states:
"Now you can send friends and family a link to connect on FaceTime — even if they’re using Windows or Android. And it’s still end‑to‑end encrypted, so your call is as private and secure as any other FaceTime call.
Users with non-Apple devices can join using the latest version of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Sending video requires H.264 video encoding support. Some shared content may require a subscription to view."
These features and additional platforms seem to have FaceTime poised as a direct competitor to video conferencing software such as Zoom. In any case, these features will make FaceTime a more accessible secure voice and video chat option.
The new operating system updates and FaceTime options will be launching some time this fall (anywhere from September 22nd to December 21st, 2021).