So the Google Nexus Twitter account was doing some impromptu support for a user and included a screenshot. How helpful! Well, more helpful than they intended it to be. The screenshot shows a slightly tweaked dialer app with a blue action bar. First they took our #33b5e5, now they're coming after the gray. Actually, I think I'm okay with that.

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The screenshot tweeted by @GoogleNexus is very similar to the current dialer app, except for the blue action bar and blue business image. This fits nicely with Google's recent trend toward more colorful apps, like with the yellow action bar in Keep.

The full Google dialer is only on the Nexus and GPE devices, but most of the UI and features are also use on the Moto X. Maybe it'll come to more devices later, but whatever happens, it will probably be more colorful.

[Twitter, Thanks, Álex Rodríguez García]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Régis Knechtel

    I actually like this new trend

  • BarKa

    I am sure it was done *accidentally

  • mauric

    Finally they ditch the grey apps. Next should be a new hangouts app which looks far from attractive at the moment!

    • hp420

      It's coming by the end of May, along with Google Voice integration, I'll bet!!

      • BrianLipp

        I'd expect a lot of big app UI changes to come at/after I/O, where they will either announce a new Android version that has the new UI aesthetic across the OS, or announce new design guidelines that all their apps will be updated to. And if not then, then at their fall Nexus event.

        • Crispin Swickard

          A lot of the talks already for I/O are very designed focused. I see a very 2012 like I/O this year with a new 7, or 8 as speculated earlier today, and a new Android release since it will be right around the right time for a next version release would be out. Pretty good chance of a new version at that point to go along with the new guidelines.

          • Frettfreak

            I see them releasing 4.4.3 at io and next major version at a nexus event in the fall.

    • Guest

      I hope they fix the black preview in multitasking too

  • JP


    are cosmetic changes news?

    • Sam Hollis

      I really have no words for this. If you fail to see why design is important in software, then you're hopeless.

      • JP

        Yeah after much careful consideration and reconsideration...

        yeah it's still not news. It's purely aesthetics and the design doesn't change besides the color that has no impact on how a user would interact with the interface seeing as how it was before already separated each element.

        It's nice. Don't get me wrong. But article worthy? really?

        You know what else is nice? Ad hominems when you have no idea how to address someone's point. I find it funny.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          It further reinforces the design direction Google's going, it tells us things about their progress on redesigning their apps, it tells us an update to an app is coming that hasn't previously been known to have been separated out for its own updates, etc. All useful, news-worthy information.

        • Andrew Loiacono

          It's article worthy because it is a common trend people are seeing. A common design trend by Google. Since I/O this year is about design this is important to many people including developers.

          Design has a huge impact on how users interact with interfaces. So much so that some users will give up or refuse to interact with a poorly designed interface.

          • JP

            I definitely agree, seeing as how I feel like I need to sell this secondary Windows Phone 8 I have and just keep my Android. But I don't think a simple color change would have that much impact on user.. retention.
            Perhaps not having the same dialer, nor having one that looks like either of the above screenshots, prevents me from imagining how drastic a change it is from gray to color.

        • Sam Hollis

          There's an entire field backed with scientific research proving that design masters. When you say that design changes aren't news because they don't change how the user interests with the software, you're both displaying an incredible degree of ignorance and discrediting the thousands of designers who put countless hours into decisions like this because design matters.

        • Sam Hollis

          And please, get over yourself. What I said was hardly ad hominem. There are multiple more insulting words I could have used instead, but I used the most inoffensive, accurate word I could think of.

          • JP

            I believe you need to take your own advice and get over yourself. Determining someone's hopelessness through a mere comment and claiming your finding "accurate" is pretty narcissistic. I was looking for replies like your other one and the others that followed after that, not broad statements that serve no purpose

        • Fabian Pineda

          Oh! But you know how to throw terms in latin at the end of a post, we better watch out!

          • JP

            Well I couldn't describe it as an "insult". I thought "ad hominem" captured what I wanted to convey. Should you and others watch out? That's your prerogative.

    • polesmoker99


      were you born?

      • JP

        Oh wow, exhibit B of my last point on my other reply.

        • polesmoker99

          You're easy to troll.

          • JP

            Replying to your nonsensical comment is getting trolled? Or is it just making use of the reply button?

          • polesmoker99


          • JP

            You just replied to me. Are you trolling me... or am I trolling you?

          • polesmoker99


    • Pal

      When it's a drastic change in aesthetics for stock Android, then yes (especially on these types of siloed sites). It's going to define a new era of devices, what's not to get excited about?

      This won't be the paradigm shift that Holo brought, but it's definitely refreshing and different, better or for worse.

  • willis

    i don't understand why they don't implement colored status bar

    • Régis Knechtel


      • morteum

        I'm only lukewarm on transparent nav bar. It looks like shit on some apps with white backgrounds.

        • Régis Knechtel

          I agree with you. But i think having a large black bar on my screen all the time looks even shittier, lol

          • morteum


          • RockAndRock

            Coulé ?

          • grumpyfuzz

            I love pie.

        • vyktorsouza

          indeed, apps with colored action bars works 100% and it's very nice, but the ones with gray action bars, not really, I say get rid of them, bring on the colored action bars

          • morteum

            Oh definitely, I like the colored action bars, its just the nav bar that looks bad sometimes.

        • GeeKLoRD

          Why don't you use Tinted statusbar - the Xposed framework?

          • stranger

            but when the status bar is tansparent like the picture above it looks like theres too much purple for example and it doesn't look as nice

          • ddpacino

            +1. Love that, but it gets screwy with my clock when I center it. I wish I can default the navbar to translucent instead of copying the color. A bit overwhelming with some colors.

        • ddpacino

          It's possible to invert the colors for light status bars. Tinted status bar does it, and even the text in the Google search widget change from white to black when you pull up Google now. The tech's there.. they just need to implement it.

    • vyktorsouza

      here comes guidelines nazis
      my answer though: idk, I wish they did it, iOS7 and WP8.1 already have, android is being left behind, colored statusbars are very nice and everyone likes them

    • why

      ^this! Google, why must you make us root to get certain things?? especially things that just look better..

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        The things you like 'that look better' differ from one person to the next. That's why you are forced to hack/root, to get the look you want. This is why windows never supported custom themes unless you hacked. It was to have one standard to they could explain to anyone how to do anything because buttons would always be the same color, placement of things the same place and the same size. No more functions, no less functions, because they would be unchangeable to the average user.

        Simply put the average user DOES NOT need all the functions you have at your disposal if you hack. My mom doesn't need colored status bars.

  • Saboteur777

    Google Dialer is only available for Nexus 5? What about Nexus 4? The dialers are not identical on 4 and 5?

    • deltatux

      If you're in dire need of the Google dialler, use a custom ROM. ROMs like SlimROM have the Google Dialler included.

      • Cj

        That's not true. No ROM includes the Google Dialer. The dialer is a proprietary app and cannot be bundled with the ROM. It can however be flashed separately like any other google app (GApps).
        What Slim includes is an open source alternative to the Google Dialer that provides similar look-up features

        • BrianLipp

          No ROMs have the "Google Dialer" but they might include the AOSP Dialer, which i'm pretty sure was updated with 4.4, and is essentially the same, at least UI wise. It just doesn't have the Search function of the Google Dialer. That's what the Moto X has, the AOSP Dialer. The similar UI between them probably makes people think that devices/ROMs have the full Google Dialer when they don't.

        • grumpyfuzz

          Yes they do. Cataclysm and Elix-R both have the google dialer.

        • deltatux

          While the actual dialler may not be in these ROMs code for code, but ROM developers have baked the search function into the dialler. To be honest the diallers in these ROMs are better because it not only searches through Google but also other providers while the stock Google Dialler only searches through Google.

      • Saboteur777

        I use stock 4.4.2 on my Nexus 4, and I think I use Google Dialer, but the article made me a little unsure. So Google Dialer isn't exclusive to Nexus 5, is it?

        edit: I see article is updated, Nexus and GPe devices use Google Dialer

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      Ehh, mmm, I have the dialer with search on my Nexus 4. It actually has identified me some places I don't have on my address book. My rom is 4.4.2 stock.

  • serge_guatemala

    Accidental tweets can happen... *cough (us airways) *cough ... lol

  • Matt

    Looks lovely, but why the inconsistency with their other apps such as Play Music in that the overflow icon consists of either squares or circles depending on the app?

    • Crispin Swickard

      Interesting this new version of the app still has square when they have been slowly phasing it out. Unless they just didn't change the asset yet. I prefer square. :(

    • AluKed

      Action Bar Overflows are always square. Round Overflows are only for contextual actions within the app itself.

  • deltatux

    It does make the apps look less boring that's for sure. Hopefully we'll see how they turn out in the next Android release.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Wait won't the Google dailer be on google play devices? You mean to tell me the m8 Google play edition doesn't have the search built in?

    • Zargh

      It does, all Nexus & GPe devices with 4.4 have Google Dialer. The article is wrong.

  • jack galler

    Love dem colors. Google Play and Hangouts are on my request list!

    • Crispin Swickard

      Unless the Play Store's color would be grey.. Then its already colored. ;) Since it is a darker value than base holo light grey, and all.

      • jack galler

        I hope not. I can see it being rainbowish, or a prismatic bar of all the play media app colors

        • Crispin Swickard

          Well the one proposed Icon even changed the Play Icon itself to blue/green. Doesn't indicate so far that it would shift more colorful. Beside it already changes to a colored action bar depending on the store category, and it already has a pure white icon in the action bar like these recent updates. it may already be there.

          • jack galler

            Blue/Green is better than gray any day of the week

          • Crispin Swickard

            I tend to be a fan of a more monochrome look myself, but holodark's death has taken it away from me. I am by no means a fan of this direction, but not a detractor. Other than the colorfulness I just hope for cohesion especially within the Google Apps visually.

  • herbivoor

    A 2 month old twitter account, with no followers whatsoever asks to 'tweet a screenshot'? I'm thinking this is deliberate to see the reactions.

    • deltatux

      Huh? The @GalaxyNexus account has been on Twitter for 4 years. What are you talking about? Are you sure you looked @ the correct account? Here's the URL to the real account: https://twitter.com/googlenexus

      • herbivoor

        I'm talking about @karlyeh26, the person that asked @googlenexus to 'perhaps tweet a screen shot'

        • deltatux

          ah, misread your comment. Alright.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Three months old, and most people on Twitter do NOT have followers or any reason to have followers. Most people on Twitter are exceptionally boring and mostly sign up to follow celebrities and ask questions of accounts like this one.

    • MLGTurtleHair

      He tweeted @ me. I'm pretty sure it's a real user & not a Google employee.

  • Martin

    Android is getting better and better.. Soon people won't say "Ooo but iOS looks so much better".. Love it! :-)

    • NoName

      Are you a stupid iOS Fan-Bitch? All you do is appreciate iOS on AP articles. Dumbass.

      • Martin

        You are getting angry about mobile OS and I am dumbass?.. You are pathetic.. I feel sorry about you and people like you.. Get a life! Find some friends, socialize.. It's a shame people like you to exist.. And no I am not iOS fan, I am happy android is finally making progress with design! You have serious issues.. Even don't know you and I already know what kind of person you are.. Asshole playing all day with his Android phone, without life, love, friends, brain.. All day in internet insulting iOS users.. Or everyone talking about iOS.. You are one pathetic asshole.. And you know it.. But too dumb to change. In the end of the day, you are the gay staying alone, hating people instead of hating yourself.. And as we all can see you are dumbass Android Fan-Bitch. Now make a favor to the world and never use Internet again little disgusting shit!
        To Admins: Sorry for my bad language, but some people need to get what they give.. And understand - IT'S NEVER OKAY TO INSULT PEOPLE!

  • Heather M Stryker

    Yeah that was totally "accidental" of them to post that.....

  • Tommy Wiseau

    Wow their twitter guy has expensive tastes... $175 a person there...

  • skitchbeatz


    • Joe Menard

      My thoughts exactly haha

    • Bojan Tomic

      That account that asked them a bunch of question is obviously fake. lol

  • Danny Holyoake

    Psst, the Nexus 4 has the full dialer too.

    • hp420

      I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to look dumb if I was wrong lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You're right, definitely on the N4. Just took that whole part out since Ryan is gone.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário


    • Franco Rossel

      GPe devices too.

  • Simon Belmont

    Hmm. I wonder if they'll add the dialer to the Google Play Store soon.

    I do like being able to search for businesses and so forth right from the dialer on my Nexus 5. Good feature.

    • MTellez25

      i think that's google's plan because right now only apps that are not in play store are contacts, dialer, calculator, watch, the download one and the mail app (the one for hotmail or yahoo not gmail)

  • Alberto Blasi

    They still use squares instead of circles for the overflow icon. Bah.

    • Aooga

      It's weird that it's circles in Google Now.

  • Pal

    And the phone icon is now missing from the action bar. The arrow has also slightly changed.

    • Aooga

      Why google? Why do you want to make it look like iOS now? I liked that icon.

      • Pal

        We still have to tap something to open it, we'll see if that has changed too! I'm placing my bets on YES.

        • Aooga

          Sorry, I'm lost. If what has changed?

          • Pal

            The icon, the one that would sit in the hotseat/drawer :)

          • Aooga

            Ah okay. I'm probably going to assume that tapping to open things will stay in 4.5, 5.0, or whatever google decides to call it.

            Oh, and I just meant I liked seeing that icon there. Not that particular icon. :)

  • Crispin Swickard

    Hopefully #3B77E7 is on the dialer numbers/call button. #33B5E5 looks really out of place there currently.

  • Pavel Sikun

    Am I the only one who hates Google's Dialer? It doesn't have T9 for non-latin alphabets, has Horrible UX and feels very uncomfortable.

    From the other point of view, there's no ideal dialer for me. But the closest spots are dialer from 4.2-based Cyanogen mod and latest TouchWizz dialer(but with swipable tabs and more #holo).

  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    I like colored statusbar icons because they can convey more state information, for example, I'd like to see a green, amber red for GPS status etc.

  • Glich

    Hopefully this also adds google voice VOIP since our apps will stop working in a few weeks.

  • cy_n_ic

    Black that shit out!

  • MO

    colored action bar + colored status bar + colored translucent nav bar = win.. imho

    • Aooga

      Colored translucent? Thats really ugly imo. Maybe I misunderstood you.

      • MO

        yup.. like... very lightly colored, but still see through. i think that would be sexy. i'd feel more immersed in the different app.. all my status, action, and nav bars matching beautifully.

        • Aooga

          Like this? This is insanely ugly IMO lol.

          • MO

            yup.. just like that.. the red could even be a little more subtle.. its be-yoo-tiful lol.. and then they disappear and go into full immersive mode when i'm not using them.. oh my.. i'd be in android heaven

          • Aooga

            I guess some people will like it. This is why I like Android. If I don't like something, I simply change it.

    • miri


      • MO

        "No. I don't think it 'equals win.' I think it equals you, MO, are magnificent." there... i fixed your comment because i know what you really wanted to say. you're welcome.

        • miri

          Quite right. I imagine you're quite a lovely specimen in spite of your questionable taste in UI design. Thanks for clearing it up ;)

  • The_Chlero

    I dont believe in "accidentally" on the tech business anymore.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Yeah. They're an advertising company for petes sake. This is nothing more to generate buzz.

      • The_Chlero

        Right in the spot.

  • Bob G

    Does the Moto X have the Google Smart Dialer caller ID?

    • AbbyZFresh

      I have a Moto X and no it doesn't have the Smart Dialer. Only the Nexus 5.

      • Gregor Smith

        and GPE phones

        • hp420

          And Nexus 4

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    About time for the play store release, maybe?

  • dude

    Damn you for keeping the features to the Nexus, put it in the PlayStore already.

  • Huthaifa

    what is that Number 1 in status bar?

    • Jimmy

      Upcoming calendar envent

  • RSerda

    hmmm... the dialer on my N5 looks like the one on the right.. all gray and drab.. no blue to be found here...? well, except when you open up the dial pad.. it's ALL blue...!?
    must be what they're going to push out here shortly in 4.3.3...?

  • didibus

    As long as they keep Notification icons and navigatin icon white, I'll be happy.

  • Frank Lopez

    A hue change is news lol wow

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Since when did Google start doing Tech Support via Twitter o.o