Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Google is adding new capabilities To Google Duo

Google is adding new capabilities To Google Duo

According to a report by AndroidPolice, an incoming call will fly over the display with view of the caller's camera even if the recipient has not installed the Google Duo app on his or her device.

The company is also reportedly working on versions of the app for web browsers, and group calls with better audio quality.

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.

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Like Google Duo, but don't have many of your contacts using it? At another side, users can answer the calls, mute the microphone, hold like a regular duo call, and change cameras.

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. At the end of the call, the person will be prompted to install the Duo app if interested. 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. This feature debuted with Google Allo back in 2016. 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. With the recent update, it has started appearing like Allo.

The system is based on Google's App Preview feature, which allows Android users to try out an application on their phone without first installing it. However, this isn't going to work with everybody on your contact list - iPhones and other non-Android devices are obviously off limits. For those Android contacts to show up, meanwhile, they'll need to have added their phone number to their Google account.

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