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Google Duo Spotted Working on Android Smartphones Without the App Installed

Google Duo Spotted Working on Android Smartphones Without the App Installed

The popularity of the app is anticipated to only go up the curve as wherein other apps require both the participants of a call to essentially have the same app installed, Duo comes up as a welcome exception, serving as its USP for one and all.

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.

As the video above shows, the Duo app is not installed on the phone, but an incoming call can instantly fly over the screen with a view of the caller's camera.

If you make video calls on your Android device, then you're probably familiar with Duo, Google's app that was designed exactly for that (basically a Hangouts replacement). The app will allow them to establish a fully functioning video call and once the call ends, they will see a notification that asks them to download the program from the Google Play Store. It's not clear if Google has done that yet. Well, this is done via a feature of Google Play services called App Preview Messaging, which launched alongside Allo back in 2016. It enables an app to operate as a part of Android, even if it is not directly installed by the user. However, it is easy to say that the Duo video calling app was a huge hit because compared to so many other solutions available in the market, this one provided the best video clarity over the internet.




This works with audio-only calls as well.

This feature could be deemed as a masterstroke for Google Duo app resulting in increased app usage.

Furthermore, a "Knock Knock" feature lets users see a live preview of the caller before answering. It also provides an option to block future calls from the user so as to provide more privacy and not to allow anyone to keep making calls without your permission. On the other side, this could be annoying for the ones who don't like video-calling and get video calls without even having the app in the first place.

What are your thoughts on this new-found feature on Google Duo?


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