A few days ago it appeared that someone at Google leaked a couple screenshots of a new dialer for Android 4.4.3. Now, a user on the XDA forums has posted another screenshot purporting to show another view of the Dialer app. This new screenshot uses a tiled display of contacts using the contact picture for those with one or a colored block with first initial ala the Gmail app for those with no picture. Judging by the search bar at the top, this could be the contacts screen as opposed to something like the call log screen. It is also unclear whether this would be the only view of the contact list or just one option for users.
source: XDA forums
It appears that Google may have inadvertently leaked a screenshot of an updated Dialer application. The official Nexus twitter account posted a screenshot in response to a user’s question asking how to access a call’s duration.
Pictured above, the new look for the dialer application is on the left while the current version is on the right. While this may be an extremely subtle change, it is just the latest in Google’s push to add color to its stock applications.
When Google announced the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, one of the “new” apps that was launched was a new phone dialer that came with some unique features. The dialer came with an updated UI, featured Internet-based caller ID, and perhaps most notably, the ability to search for businesses and contacts, both on the device and from the Internet, from within the dialer. For now, it looks like Google is limiting the availability of this new dialer to Nexus devices and Google Play Edition smartphones. If you really want to get a copy of the dialer, it is now available if you meet a couple minimum requirements including root and an Android 4.4 ROM, either official or custom.
The dialer is available as both a flashable ZIP file to be installed via a custom recovery or as an APK file that is placed in /system/priv-app. For the latter option, you will need to be able to change the permissions of the APK file. Some users who have tried the install have reported the app icon does not show up in the app tray. It appears the solution to this problem is to use Nova Launcher and its feature that allows you to run a specific activity within an app. It also appears the default dialer needs to remain active in order for users to receive calls, but this could vary by device.
If you want to give the dialer a try, hit the source link to get the files and detailed install instructions.
According to Android Police, there were strings of code hidden inside the Android 4.4 KitKat Dialer that involved advertisements. The strings in question have to do with ads being enabled and disabled. Being that it is in the Dialer app, it would mean that as you search for a contact such as a business, you would get relevant ads. Another set a strings included Google’s AdMob advertising network. But don’t worry because a reader was quick to point out that this kind of stuff has been appearing in Dialer / Phone apps in the past.
Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo was able to get in touch with Google and the company assured him that advertisements are not coming to the Dialer app. The strings were merely old and left behind. So breathe easy move along with your day, folks.
Source: Android Police, Ars Technica
We just reported that HTC will be updating its Sense UI to version 5.0 with the release of its next batch of flagship phones; namely, the yet to be confirmed M7. Sense 5.0 is rumored to have a cleaner and simpler UI, and we may be getting the first glimpse of it in these images from a Chinese website. There’s not much to see here, but it does look like HTC is working toward a more minimalistic design scheme, and we’re liking it a lot! Jump past the break to see the updated Keyboard. What do you guys think? Are you liking HTC’s new design direction?
Our favorite little green robot has made a lot of progress over the last four years. From humble (and ugly) beginnings with Android 1.0 to the smooth and sleek styles of Jelly Bean 4.2, we have seen some tremendous growth and progress of our favorite mobile operating system. Google has worked hard at ironing out the kinks and improving the user interface with some exciting new features. The result has been a much smoother, better, faster, prettier operating system, but it has surprisingly left some simple yet important features out in the cold. Here are three features (or lack thereof) that I believe are major oversights in Google’s current OS.
Getting bored of your standard stock dialer? I’m not a big fan of Sense UI devices these days, I’m more of a stock Android kind of guy. Especially when it comes to Sense’s dialer. Well, in steps XDA member mozarcik and provides you with an alternative for times like these. Check out the dev’s app, myDialer Lite for Android. The newly styled dialer offers quick responses to the touch, detailed call history by contact and supports several languages for your convenience. In addition, unlike most dialer applications, this one is fully skinnable. There are currently three skins available to pick from and we expect more will follow in the up and coming months.
myDialer lite is a replacement for dialer app. You can quickly search for contacts by entering part of the name/number
Ready to give it a try? Here’s the application thread
and don’t forget to provide the developer with as much feedback as you can so he/she can improve the application. Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.