Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

Google Duo lets you make calls to contacts who don't even have the app installed

Google Duo now lets you call people who don't even have the app installed

At the end of the call, users are prompted to install Duo if they're interested in starting video calls of their own.

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.

Speculations doing the rounds that Google Duo, Google's video calling app, works on devices that don't have the app installed.

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Google's video chats mobile app was announced at the company's developer conference in May 2016 and began its worldwide release in August the same year.

It's worth noting that Google could make this feature possible with App Preview Messaging API that works in the background of Google Play Services. It's not clear if Google has done that yet. It enables an app to operate as a part of Android, even if it is not directly installed by the user. But, most of the Google messaging apps are caught up in a hitch at this stage, pushing few users towards either Allo or Duo.

At this point, some of our readers must be thinking about the privacy aspect of this new feature. This feature shows the live video of the caller before answering the call, which gives the recipient full power over answering or disconnecting the call. And yes, you can even decide to lose the audio portion of the call by muting the microphone. The update has brought an updated look to the contact list on Duo and a fun rearrangement of pixels as well. Additionally, these users will also get a notification, which will allow them to block a caller from contacting them, or if you choose to continue receiving calls.

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Some of the best parts of Google Duo, including the "knock knock" feature that lets you see who's calling on screen before you answer, are included in this new functionality.

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