Google Duo is Android’s official reply to FaceTime, permitting you to make easy and secure video calls to family and friends. Because of a brand new replace simply pushed out by Google, you can obtain calls made by the Duo app on some Android telephones, even when you do not even have the app your self.
Android Police noticed the replace, which suggests audio and video calls will pop up on some Android telephones even with out the app – it is not clear precisely what the factors for that is, however having your telephone quantity registered with Google appears to be a part of it.
All of it occurs via one thing referred to as App Preview Messaging, which works via a background Android app referred to as Google Play Companies. The tech permits some primary bits of an app to basically function as a part of Android, so you will get in contact with folks it doesn’t matter what messaging apps they have put in.
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Among the greatest components of Google Duo, together with the “knock knock” function that allows you to see who’s calling on display earlier than you reply, are included on this new performance. On the finish of a Duo name, customers are requested in the event that they need to set up the app, if they do not have already got it put in.
Clearly this may not work when making calls to iPhones, but it surely makes life a little bit simpler for Google Duo customers – you do not essentially have to stress about whether or not your contacts have Duo put in earlier than putting a name.
Google hasn’t stated something formally concerning the replace, but it surely continues to push Duo and the text-based Google Allo as its messaging apps of alternative, even with the likes of Google Hangouts nonetheless loitering round within the background.