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Google with Version 27 will finally lay the groundwork for a feature that arguably should have been there at the time of release - multi-device support.
Unlike other Google messaging apps, Duo accounts are linked to the user's phone number instead of the email address. This refrained users from registering for more than one device to Duo account.
The code extracted from the Version 27 confirms that users will now be able to sign up for Duo with their Google account. Android Police reports that the APK teardown did not reveal whether the accounts can be used on one device.
Also, Duo will soon be adding a notification that blocks calls for specific senders. There's also a useful feature coming that automatically fills the verification codes sent through SMS messages.
Duo has also redesigned the contacts page that can be accessed by swiping up. The new update also brings a search bar that peeks halfway from the bottom to remind users of the contacts page. The search bar has already gone live for everyone.
The Version 27 of Duo will soon be rolled out on the Play Store, however, users can download and install the APK file as well.
In January, the company also rolled out an update for the app that offers the ability to call people who haven't installed the Duo app on their smartphones. The feature works same as it works with regular Duo calls and also includes Knock-Knock.
The incoming will show the caller's camera even if the recipient doesn't have the app on their phone. However, the recipient will have the option to change cameras, mute the mic or hang up.
The recipient will get a message to install the Duo app after the call is disconnected. The pop-up will also let them block the caller from calling again.
The update is meant to reduce the complaints saying "none of my contacts have Duo installed." But the feature won't work with everyone on the contact list and only legitimate contacts will be listed. Users can also invite people to download and join the bandwagon using the invite button next to the contact name.