Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

The new addition works exactly like a usual Duo call which includes the Knock-Knock feature through which you can see the preview of the caller before you pick it up. Thus, for people who are using iOS devices, they will have to install Duo to enjoy the features that it offers.

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

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.

The company is also reportedly working on versions of the app for web browsers, and group calls with better audio quality. Recipients can answer the call by dragging up on the phone icon, mute their mic or change cameras, and hang up just like a regular Duo call. But it's struggled to overcome the network effects advantage of apps such as WhatsApp and Hangouts: No matter how good Google Duo is, when all of your friends and family member use a platform, it's hard to get them to switch. 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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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.

Apart from this ability of Duo, Google Allo always supported the App Preview Messaging feature including two-way communication but the messaging window appeared weird and was unlike Allo.

Even so, this is a huge step for Duo and one that could finally make it the mainstream video calling app Android needs. For those Android contacts to show up, meanwhile, they'll need to have added their phone number to their Google account.

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