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Google Duo allows you to call people who don't have the app

Google Duo allows you to call people who don't have the app

Now you can make a Duo call with some one who did not even installed the app.

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. Several brands of Android phones such as OnePlus come with preinstalled Duo. People who don't have Duo installed on their Android smartphone experience calls just like Duo users: All the features of a normal video call and audio call such as Knock Knock, mic muting, and camera switching are present on and accounted for on the App Preview version of Duo. However, if the someone without Duo installed wants to make a call, then they'll have to install the app first.

Alongside the change to Duo, Google is improving Allo, its messaging app. Google has used App Preview Messaging since its inception to send messages to non-Allo users.

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Once you end the call, a pop-up message appears asking if you'd like to install Duo, in addition to blocking that person from calling you again.

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram are already supporting voice and video calling so it's hard to predict whether they will try another tool for the job. However, this feature is now limited to Android phones and first spotted by Android Police. Google's added a lot of new features and improvements since its release in 2016, but like any other communications app, it's faced the same issue of forcing you to encourage your friends and family members to actually download it so you can talk to them. Moreover, it is only available for a few users on the contact list, and the company has not cleared the reason.


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