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Google Duo lets you call someone that don't have it installed

Google Duo lets you call someone that don't have it installed”

Those who tested the feature noticed that it works with audio-only calls as well.

You can now call people that haven't installed or registered with Duo in the past. 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.

The Reddit user also claimed that a sudden increase in users in the first list indicates that this feature is relatively new and might be because either Google Duo is now an Instant App or is a part 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. Moreover, recipients can do stuff like answer/hangup the call, mute it, and switch cameras like any other normal Duo user.

Once the call ends, the user will be offered the option of installing the app, as well as blocking that caller. Once a call is ended, non-Duo users will see a notification prompt inviting them to download Duo for future use as well as a small notification that will allow users to block the caller from making future calls.

You must definitely be wondering, how does Google make this happen? With the latest version of Google Duo, you can still successfully call a contact on your phone even if they don't have Duo installed on their end.

Even so, this is a huge step for Duo and one that could finally make it the mainstream video calling app Android needs.



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