Google Phone Stories September 17
Google Phone is the latest app to get a Material You makeover ahead of Android 12’s release later this year.
Update: Within days of the Material You design rolling out, Google Phone has gained the dynamic colors to match, for some.
Google Phone Stories August 12
The call recording feature announced for the Google Phone app has had a slow rollout, but it is now coming to eligible Pixel devices across the globe.
Google Phone Stories August 9
Google Phone Stories July 29
The Phone by Google app — as it’s officially named — is a key part of the Pixel experience, and home to a handful of Assistant and other smart features. Google is now testing a settings redesign in the Phone app to make everything more manageable.
Google Phone Stories June 30
Google Phone tests better search for previously-called numbers that aren’t in your contacts
The Google Phone app pre-installed on Pixels and other devices is getting an upgrade to its built-in search to be better about surfacing a number you’ve recently called but isn’t saved to your contact list.
Google Phone Stories June 22
Google Phone is making it easier than ever to message a business instead of calling them with a new “Chat” button.
Google Phone Stories May 17
To help you screen unwanted calls, the Google Phone app is rolling out the Caller ID Announcement feature that will announce the name and number of any incoming calls.
Google Phone Stories April 9
Google Phone app update lets you record calls from unknown numbers automatically
The ability to record callers in the Google Phone app is a popular addition, but the feature is expanding to include the ability to automatically record all calls from numbers not in your contacts.
Google Phone Stories January 8
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Google Phone Stories September 9, 2020
The Google Phone app might have just recently made the jump from Pixel phones, but it looks as though the dialer is adding some small but notable dark mode tweaks.
Google Phone Stories September 8, 2020
Google Phone Stories August 11, 2020
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Google Phone Stories June 9, 2020
Google Phone app gains easy access Duo button in contacts view
The Google Phone app is quite effective at being something of a one-stop-shop for getting in touch with your contacts via voice, text, and video. The latest improvement to the Google Phone app beta adds a debatably handy Google Duo button onto the app’s main screens.
Google Phone Stories May 14, 2020
Earlier this year, we spotted that the Google Phone app, primarily developed for Pixel phones, was gaining the ability to record phone calls with a simple tap. Today, some folks in India are finding that their Nokia phones with Google’s dialer app have call recording enabled.
Google Phone Stories May 7, 2020
In recent years, Google’s messaging services have been split between consumer and enterprise. The latter has seen a slew of changes in recent weeks, including a rebrand and expanded availability. That barrier between the two types of apps is now blurring as Google today placed G Suite head Javier Soltero in charge of consumer messaging, and unified both teams.
Google Phone Stories April 24, 2020
Google Phone call recording function detailed, unsurprisingly region restricted
Call recording is something that, unfortunately, you don’t see all that often anymore. Google has been working on a call recording option for its Phone app for a while, and now, they’ve officially divulged the details on it.
Google Phone Stories April 11, 2020
Google’s dialer app for Pixels can now be installed on some other Android phones
Google has made several of its apps from Pixel smartphones available widely in the Play Store for other Android users, but its phone/dialer app hasn’t been one of them historically. Now, some Android phones have been able to download the dialer app from the Play Store.
Google Phone Stories January 30, 2020
The majority of Google apps today have been revamped with the company’s latest design language. There are some minor exceptions, with recent Google Phone and Messages betas introducing Material Theme icons throughout.
Google Phone Stories January 29, 2020
Google Phone Stories January 14, 2020
When having any particularly important conversation, whether a professional interview or meeting, or just a meaningful conversation with a loved one, it can be a good idea to record it for posterity. Google already has recording in-person conversations down through their recent Recorder app, but phone conversations are a bit more difficult.
A teardown of Google Phone 43 has revealed that the Pixel series’ default dialer app may be gaining the ability to record phone calls.
Google Phone Stories December 11, 2019
Strange bugs are all too common on Google’s Pixel devices and right now, an issue with the dialer app is popping up. Some Pixel owners are reporting an issue with the dialer app which won’t bring up the number pad while in phone calls.
Google Phone Stories November 19, 2019
One of the more annoying parts of owning a cell phone these days is the number of robocalls and outright spam that randomly rings your phone from unknown numbers. To help combat these robocalls, Google Phone 42 is prepping for the Google Assistant to be able to automatically screen incoming calls from unknown numbers.
Google Phone Stories August 1, 2019
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Google Phone Stories February 11, 2019
Recent updates to Google Phone have focussed on expanding Call Screen in the U.S to older Pixel devices, and introduced a dark theme. Google Phone 29 — currently in beta — more widely rolls out the real-time text (RTT) feature that we’ve been tracking for the past several releases.
Google Phone Stories December 8, 2018
Google Phone 27 preps tweaked feedback as Favorites redesign, Call Screen on 2016 Pixel rolls out [APK Insight]
Following an update to Messages yesterday amid the past week’s discussion about the company’s communications future, Google Phone 27 is rolling out. The latest beta of the dialer coincides with the “Favorites” tab redesign rolling out, along with Call Screen for the original Pixel.
Google Phone Stories November 15, 2018
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Google Phone Stories September 27, 2018
Google Phone 24 preps dark mode, continues work on ‘Favorites’ redesign [APK Insight]
Last month, the Google Phone app received a Material Theme redesign in line with the company’s other communication apps. Version 24 today reveals work on a dark mode, while the company is continuing development on a redesign of the “Favorites” tab.
Google Phone Stories August 27, 2018
Google’s design language for the past several months has largely focused on white elements, and lots of users aren’t all that happy about it. Now, Google seems to be bringing an official dark mode to its dialer app.
Google Phone Stories August 10, 2018
Google Phone Stories July 9, 2018
Google Phone 22 preps real-time transcription feature to ‘screen unwanted calls’ [APK Insight]
The latest beta version of Google’s Phone dialer app is rolling out with another handy feature aimed at minimizing and filtering spam calls that is limited to Pixel, Nexus, and select other devices. A real-time and on-device transcription service will allow users to “screen unwanted calls.”
Google Phone Stories June 14, 2018
The latest beta version of the Google Phone is rolling out with more about the direct to voicemail spam filtering that was announced earlier this year. Meanwhile, there is more development on supporting Android P and Real-time text, as well as a possible upcoming redesign of the Favorites tab.
Google Phone Stories April 10, 2018
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The last update to the Google Phone app in February added a convenient chat head option to quickly and easily access in-call controls. Version 18 is now rolling out with a tweak to the bottom bar redesign we’ve spotted, support for Android P, and a switch to the system sound and vibration settings.
Google Phone Stories February 16, 2018
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Google Phone Stories December 12, 2017
Google’s phone app now lets you start a Duo video call from a regular voice call
Google’s Duo video service is definitely underrated, but the company is pushing it in several ways to get more users interested. Now, users with Google’s own dialer application can start Duo calls with just a tap.
Google Phone Stories December 11, 2017
Google Phone Stories November 13, 2017
Google Phone Stories September 21, 2017
Google Phone app may soon get speakerphone toggle in notification drawer
Thanks to a recent sighting in the AOSP commit, Google might be in the process of adding new notification actions to its Google Phone app.