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Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google has updated so many of its apps to fit Material You guidelines, it's getting hard to keep track. While Contacts got a facelift a few weeks ago, its matching dialer app had yet to see the same attention. With the release of a new beta, that's finally changing.

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Google Phone call recording is available on Pixels in these countries

Google Phone call recording is available on Pixels in these countries

It's been nearly a year since Google announced that call recording would be possible on Android, as long as you had a compatible device and lived in a country that legally allows it. The feature first went live on Nokia then Xiaomi phones, and later gained the ability to automatically record calls from unknown numbers. It's now making its way to the Pixels too.

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The Google Phone app is getting a streamlined settings menu

The Google Phone app is getting a streamlined settings menu

Google loves to shuffle up its settings menu every so often. Whether it's adding a splash of color to Android's settings (before taking it away on a whim) or introducing a search bar to help you find exactly what you need, even the slightest tweak can streamline your day-to-day experience. Google's Phone app is receiving such an update, with new categories to make it easier to sort through all of its options.

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The Google Phone app is getting a much better way to search for numbers you recently called

The Google Phone app is getting a much better way to search for numbers you recently called

There's a small quality of life tweak we've been waiting for in Phone by Google for a long time. When you're entering a new number from the dialer, the search function automatically populates with items from your contacts that match the number you're entering. In the beta version, some users are now seeing previously-dialed numbers (which haven't been saved to Contacts) in these results.

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Google Phone knows you prefer messaging businesses over calling them (APK Download)

Google Phone knows you prefer messaging businesses over calling them (APK Download)

I don't know about you, but I prefer texting over calling businesses — who likes listening to some crappy hold music for minutes on end?! Google probably knows this and is happy to bundle a messaging feature into yet another one of its apps. The Google Phone app now lets you text businesses.

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Google+, now dead for years, is somehow still lingering around Google's Phone app

Google+, now dead for years, is somehow still lingering around Google's Phone app

If you've been on the internet for a while, you probably know about Google+ — Google's failed attempt at creating a social network. While the network closed shop for personal accounts in 2019, its remnants still live and break functionality in the Google Phone app for Android.

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Google Phone will announce callers like you've got a fancy secretary

Google Phone will announce callers like you've got a fancy secretary

Google's Phone app may not be the most feature-rich dialer out there, but it's slowly getting better. It recently picked up the ability to automatically record calls from unknown numbers, and now the latest update makes it easier to know exactly who's calling you.

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Google Phone app can now record calls from unknown numbers automatically

Google Phone app can now record calls from unknown numbers automatically

Call recording is a nifty feature and can come in handy in certain situations. While third-party dialers have offered this feature, Google's Phone app only picked it up last year. Now, it's getting better by letting users record all calls coming from unknown numbers.

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Google Phone could soon record all calls from unknown numbers

Google Phone could soon record all calls from unknown numbers

The Google Phone app that comes preinstalled on Pixels and some other smartphones is a true boon for people constantly bothered by robocalls as it's capable of blocking them automatically. But the company has expanded its calling app with other features as well: It recently added call recording, rolling out to select phones and regions since the beginning of 2020. It looks like the developers are now working on automatic recordings if you receive calls from unknown numbers not in your contacts.

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Google Phone app passes 500 million installs on Play Store

Google Phone app passes 500 million installs on Play Store

Google's phone dialer application started off as a Pixel-exclusive replacement for the AOSP Phone app, but it has made plenty of appearances on devices from other companies, and Google even started allowing most people to download it from the Play Store. Now the app has passed a new milestone, according to the Play Store: 500 million installations.

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