When Google introduced Duo back in 2016, the company faced criticisms as users felt that there was no need for another messaging application from Google. However, the app has gone through several changes since its release. For instance, last April, Google added audio-only calls to the app for those who didn’t want to engage in a video call. And now, thanks to a recent update, you can now call those Android contacts who don’t have the app installed in their devices.
While the change will be certainly a welcome one, there are still some limitations of using the app. The application is based on the App Preview feature which means when you place a call, the recipient will be required to use Android smartphone as iOS doesn’t support the App Preview feature. Moreover, you can only call those contacts who have added their phone to their Google Account which lets the app to route the call.
In case someone wants to install the application, after each call is finished, the receiver will be prompted to install the application. On the other hand, if you are interested in blocking calls from not-installed apps completely, you can do that by going to Android settings.
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