If you think Chrome's rapid updates are annoying, Google's Phone application might send you over the edge. The last 4.0 update came in August, then 5.1 was included with Pixel devices, then another 4.1 update for non-Android 7.0 users, and now we are at 6.0. So what warrants a major version bump? Not much.

Google Phone 5.1 actually added most of the UI changes you might notice (check out our post about it). The first noticeable change here is when receiving a call, the notification now has larger Answer and Decline buttons. This is also on the Phone 4.1 APK, but it is worth mentioning here.

Another new feature is that Do Not Disturb is automatically enabled when you enter a call. This is useful for ensuring your phone doesn't buzz while on your face.

Do Not Disturb mode is now activated when you are on a call.

Do Not Disturb mode is now activated when you are on a call.

Unfortunately for anyone without a Pixel or Nexus device, the new Phone 6.0 update only works on Android 7.1 or higher. If you are stuck on Android 6.0 or 7.0, you can still use the Phone 5.1 APK from the Pixel system dump.

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