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".
Hangouts may or may not be discontinued which we don't know at the moment. Ending the call is also achieved in the same way as a regular Duo call is. It is one app that has been used to replace the previously popular Google Talk which later became GTalk. Google Pay aims to make it simpler for global users to pay for different services online.
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Duo isn't the most popular yet, but a considerable number of people are switching over to Duo and choosing it over Alo as it provides a smooth and pleasant experience of video and audio calling.
For those interested in the intricacies, it's App Preview Messaging that's making all this possible - it is a Google Play Services feature that was launched back in 2016. 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. The app will allow them to establish a fully functioning video call and once the call ends, they will see a notification that asks them to download the program from the Google Play Store. You can easily call them on Duo. Scrolling up from the phone icon will start the conversation. And yes, you can even decide to lose the audio portion of the call by muting the microphone.
This feature has now been spotted on Android phones. Of the two, the video-messaging enabled Duo app has more spark than Allo as its latest update is to enable users to call up contacts regardless of the Duo app installed on their devices, or not. It's messaging app Allo is receiving a visual upgrade as well.