Google Duo spotted working on Android phones without app installed

Alfred Osborne
January 13, 2018

With the update, Google Duo users can now call people that haven't ever installed or registered with Duo in the past. Additionally, these users will also get a notification, which will allow them to block a caller from contacting them, or if you choose to continue receiving calls. On other platforms like iOS, if a user wishes to make a Duo call to someone else, they will need the app on their phone.

At the end of the call, these users will be prompted to install the Duo app; that will remain a choice.

As mentioned above, Allo has supported the App Preview Messaging feature since it launched, including two-way communication.

According to the post shared on shared by a user named "turdbogis" he noticed that another friend's Nexus 6P unit showed that it was ready to accept Duo video calls without the app being installed on the smartphone. The messaging pop-ups were unsightly, but that has been refined in the latest version, which changes the pop-ups to resemble the Allo app, though many of Allo's key features are unavailable. It was first spotted by a Reddit user. "Duo call came though just like he had the app". The feature only works with Android devices and, for now, seems limited in which devices can receive calls. It works nearly exactly like a normal Duo call, including the Knock-Knock feature. If you see an invite button next to a contact, you're still only going to have the option to send a text message encouraging them to install Duo.

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Google recently began rolling out a slightly updated look to the contact list on the Duo video calling app.

Another comment on the thread noted that Google Duo compatibility is now part of the stock Android Dialer and allows calls to non-Duo users.

This feature has now been spotted on Android phones.

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