Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

Google Duo Users can Make Calls to Smartphone Without Duo Installed

In a feature update, you will actually be able to place a video call and it would work even if the person on the other side didn't have the app installed on their Android smartphone.

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 update has brought an updated look to the contact list on Duo and a fun rearrangement of pixels as well. Further, recipients can do stuff like answer/hangup the call, mute it, and switch cameras like any other normal Duo user.

Reports, however, say this ability to make Duo calls to even those who aren't using the app is now restricted to Android users. 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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Google Duo now lets you call people who don't even have the app installed

Obviously this won't work when making calls to iPhones, but it makes life a little easier for Google Duo users - you don't necessarily have to fret about whether your contacts have Duo installed before placing a call. Besides, the recipient will also have an option to block the caller. However, it does not let you do activities like sending attachments or images and changing the text size by dragging the send button up or down.

The ability to make Duo calls to people without it installed on their end should make it more accessible and reduce the complaints that "none of my friends use it". It is available only to select developers via an early-access preview program but did not make its way to all users of the app.

Obviously Google would prefer it if every Android user made a decision to roll with Duo for their video messaging needs. App Preview Messaging could be another reason behind the to have supported App Preview Messaging since launch, albeit with a different UI, reports Android Police.

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