Huawei has rolled out a new software update for its flagship Mate 20 Pro smartphone that brings support for the ViLTE conversational video service. It allows users to make video calls without having to rely on a third-party video calling app. ViLTE, which stands for Video over LTE, will soon be rolled out for all Huawei devices, the company has revealed. In addition to ViLTE, the software update also seems to bring the January Android security patch for the Mate 20 Pro.
In addition to the ViLTE support, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro update brings system stability improvements and an Indian theme. The update carries build number 126.96.36.199 and is 158MB in size. It is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and will reach all Mate 20 Pro users over the next few days.
Talking about the ViLTE feature, it is basically an extension of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) that is aimed at enhancing the quality of video chats via a high-quality video channel. ViLTE is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core network, just like VoLTE, and is a conversational person-to-person video telephony service. The biggest benefit is obviously the fact that ViLTE allows users to make video calls without using a third-party app. Moreover, it also provides an added layer of security assurance by bringing SIM-based authentication just like VoLTE.
As mentioned above, ViLTE will soon make its way to all Huawei devices after the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. While responding to the user queries back in February, the official Huawei India Twitter handle revealed that the Huawei Nova 3 will get ViLTE support in March 2019. Huawei India also divulged that it will roll out ViLTE support for the Huawei P20 Lite in batches tentatively by mid-April. As of now, the company is yet to reveal the complete rollout schedule of the software updates that will bring ViLTE support to all compatible smartphones in the company's portfolio.