Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Dialer App in Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat brings a number of subtle but impressive changes. The phone dialer app has some really nice new innovations. Check them out as described on the Android Google+ Page:

"The phone app (you know, the thing that helps you make a call!) on most smartphones hasn’t seen much change since the days of flip phones--with a dialer, a list of all your contacts and a call log. The new Phone app, which comes with Android 4.4, KitKat, makes calling even easier with improved search and caller ID by Google.  

Better search 
The new Phone app helps you find just the right number, even if it’s not in your contact list, by letting you search among nearby places or even Google Apps accounts (including your company’s directory, if employees numbers are shared), directly from within the app--just start typing, and results will show up! 

Caller ID by Google 
Screening your calls just got a whole lot easier! Even if you don’t already have a number saved in your contacts, Caller ID by Google can help you identify who’s calling. It’s useful for: 

-Businesses: We match numbers against the names of companies and services with a Google Places listing ( http://goo.gl/0c8Egt ). Now when they call you to tell you your table is ready, you’ll know to pick up! 

-Google Apps: Never worry about missing a call from work again - lookups from your Google Apps domain ( http://goo.gl/DUa8SG ) will let you know if someone important is calling. 

-People: Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp 

In addition to these two new feature areas we have also refreshed the look and feel of the app, placing the people you call the most frequently front and center, so you can call them even faster. All of this is available now to all Nexus and Google Play edition devices running Android 4.4, KitKat."

I can't wait until my Nexus 5 arrives on Wednesday to get some hands on time with these new features. What do you think about the new dialer app? Sound off below in the comments. 

Source: Android on Google+

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