Google Duo Spotted Working on Android Smartphones Without the App Installed

Sheri Evans
January 13, 2018

Reports suggest that users, who have installed the latest Android version on their smartphone, can access Google Duo without downloading the app.

The company is also reportedly working on versions of the app for web browsers, and group calls with better audio quality. A Reddit user noticed this recently, and shared their observation.

The new addition works exactly like a usual Duo call which includes the Knock-Knock feature through which you can see the preview of the caller before you pick it up. However, these will be audio calls and the recipient has the liberty to accept, hang up, change cameras or mute their mic.

Reports, however, say this ability to make Duo calls to even those who aren't using the app is now restricted to Android users.

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Users spot Google Duo working on smartphones that don't have the app installed

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. However, if the someone without Duo installed wants to make a call, then they'll have to install the app first.

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. Regardless, for those who will be receiving a call from a Duo user, they will have the option to decline as well as block future calls from the user.

It's worth noting that the App Preview feature works only if you've added your phone number to your Google account and enabled App Preview in Settings.

Google has rolled out an update on their app, Duo, as it now allows users to call others who may not have the app installed on their phones or those who have yet to register.

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