Google Duo Spotted Working on Android Smartphones Without the App Installed

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Furthermore, a "Knock Knock" feature lets users see a live preview of the caller before answering. Well, that's not a problem anymore, as now you can make Duo calls to even those who don't have the app installed on their devices.

The company is also reportedly working on versions of the app for web browsers, and group calls with better audio quality.

Google is adding new capabilities to its video calling mobile app called Google Duo with a clever new Android feature.

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To make this happen, the search giant's using a Google Play Services feature called App Preview Messaging, which launched alongside Allo, Google's text messaging platform, in 2016. Further, recipients can do stuff like answer/hangup the call, mute it, and switch cameras like any other normal Duo user.

A recent update to the service, spotted by Android Police, allows outbound calls to be placed from Duo and received by someone without the app installed. Regardless, for those who will be receiving a call from a Duo user, they will have the option to decline as well as block future calls from the user. It is available only to select developers via an early-access preview program but did not make its way to all users of the app. The messaging pop-ups were unsightly, but that has been refined in the latest version, which changes the pop-ups to resemble the Allo app, though many of Allo's key features are unavailable. With the update, Google Duo users can now call people that haven't ever installed or registered with Duo in the past. But it is not going to work with everyone on your contacts as the report shows that only some legitimate contacts are being listed. Phone contacts that can receive Duo calls will now appear in your Duo contacts list without an invite symbol next to them.

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