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.
An update to the Google Duo video calling app means that you can now make both audio and video calls to people who don't have the app installed.
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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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". App Preview Messaging could be another reason behind the rollout.is to have supported App Preview Messaging since launch, albeit with a different UI, reports Android Police.
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. It's not clear if Google has done that yet. This feature shows the live video of the caller before answering the call, which gives the recipient full power over answering or disconnecting the call. It works nearly exactly like a normal Duo call, including the Knock-Knock feature. The update has brought an updated look to the contact list on Duo and a fun rearrangement of pixels as well. 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.
It's clever way for Google push its app.
Hangouts may or may not be discontinued which we don't know at the moment.