Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

Google Duo lets you call users who don’t have it installed Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed
Emmett Howard | 14 January, 2018, 02:46

The increasingly tech-savvy user base of the 21st century is quite hung up on messaging apps, and Google messaging apps are high up on the popularity list of such apps.

This means, for users who do not even have the app installed on their phones, an incoming call can instantly fly over the screen with a view of the caller's camera. Reportedly, the Duo app will now allow users to make video or audio calls to the recipients who don't even have Duo installed on their device.

As reported by Android Police, the latest update in Duo includes this attribute to call users, with the spontaneity of an "Instant App" like experience called App Preview Messaging that's sported by Google Play services that allow Android users to receive calls through Duo.

The ability to make Duo calls to people without it installed on their end should make it more accessible and reduce the complaints that "none of my friends use it". It works nearly exactly like a normal Duo call, including the Knock-Knock feature.

This works with audio-only calls as well. For now, it is not clear whether there are any requirements attached to this functionality, but having your contact number registered with Google account could be one of those requisites or maybe the only one.

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For those interested in the intricacies, it's App Preview Messaging that's making all this possible - it is a Google Play Services feature that was launched back in 2016. The biggest difference is what the recipient sees after the video chat is over.

What's more, they can also block a caller from contacting them again.

Google loves to introduce new apps from time to time and sometimes they become standalone options.

Hangouts may or may not be discontinued which we don't know at the moment.

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