Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed


Google has rolled out an update to the Duo and Allo video calling and messaging applications.

While the Allo was supposed to be the best messaging app even though they already had Hangouts which previously supported phone number integration, the company wanted it to be a standalone solution. Head to the comments section below and let us know!

As reported by the folks at Android Police, the latest update for Google Duo add the ability to make video/audio calls to users who don't even have it installed. "No way that many people signed up in a week", said a user.

Those who tested the feature noticed that it works with audio-only calls as well. It is one app that has been used to replace the previously popular Google Talk which later became GTalk. Alongside this fun rearrangement of pixels, there was also a very real, very significant change made: You can now call people that haven't installed or registered with Duo in the past.

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.

And in case a user hits a button to navigate away while the Duo call is connected, similar to how a full-fledged app functionality would allow you, it will show you a persistent notification icon that can bring the call back into view, at any point. The biggest difference is what the recipient sees after the video chat is over. The option to install Duo pops up after the call has ended, and so does the option to block the caller from calling ever again. Only select phones can make use of this feature.

According to a report by AndroidPolice, an incoming call will fly over the display with view of the caller's camera even if the recipient has not installed the Google Duo app on his or her device. It's messaging app Allo is receiving a visual upgrade as well.