Duo video calls can now reach users without the app

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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.

This means, for users who do not even have the app installed on their phones, an incoming call can instantly fly over the screen with a view of the caller's camera. Users can also block the caller from contacting them again. Duo users can now make calls to other users who do not have the app installed on their smartphones.

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

According to a report, Google Allo supports App Preview Messaging since launch with a different UI. It should be noted that in India, Google had partnered with many smartphone OEMs to pre-install the Duo app on budget devices.

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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. "Duo call came though just like he had the app".

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. One user wrote, "Yep I noticed this in the dialer the other day". It doesn't let you do most of the things that make Allo interesting, like changing text size by dragging up or down on the send button, and you can't send any attachments or images, but it's enough to give recipients a feeling of what to expect.

Google recently began rolling out a slightly updated look to the contact list on the Duo video calling app. Of course, this might end up getting limited to just stock Android phones.

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