Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

When the video chat is over. 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.

An update to the Google Duo video calling app means that you can now make both audio and video calls to people who don't have the app installed. However, on iOS and platforms, the app will be required for making calls on Duo. Of course, this also works with audio-only calls. The tech allows some basic bits of an app to essentially operate as part of Android, so you can get in touch with people no matter what messaging apps they've got installed.

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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.

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. For now, it is not clear whether there are any requirements attached to this functionality, but having your contact number registered with Google account could be one of those requisites or maybe the only one. Some even mentioned that it comes as a part of the stock dialler and lets users call non-Google Duo users.

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As soon as the call is made, the recipient will immediately be able to see what is being shown through the caller's camera. Recipients of the call even have the option to block the caller from contacting them again once the call ends. The update has brought an updated look to the contact list on Duo and a fun rearrangement of pixels as well. Head to the comments section below and let us know!

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