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Facebook Hello aims to replace the Android dialer with smarter caller ID and contact management

By Jos ยท 4 replies
Apr 23, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<div class="video-container"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CRv3MwkZXBo?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;vq=hd720&amp;autohide=1" width="560"></iframe></div> <p>These days it seems less and less people use their smartphones to make actual calls. But Facebook wants to get you excited about the utilitarian dialer again with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.phone">Hello</a>, a new app that rethinks the phone experience with a more intelligent caller ID, the ability to easily block or mute callers, and the option to search for people and businesses that aren&rsquo;t necessarily on your address book.</p> <p>Hello continuously syncs and matches phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls to Facebook profiles to show you info about who you&rsquo;re talking to. You&rsquo;ll still have access to all your address book contacts, and if the person is already a contact on Facebook you&rsquo;ll get to see relevant details based on the information that has been shared with you.&nbsp;</p> <p>But things get more interesting when it comes to <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/facebook-hello/#.83ti6b:Ftpg">unknown numbers</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="facebook android " src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/04/2015-04-23-image-5.png" style="height: 595px; width: 300px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="facebook android " src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/04/2015-04-23-image-6.png" style="height: 588px; width: 300px; padding-bottom: 10px;" /></p> <p>If you get a call from someone that&rsquo;s not on your contacts, but that person has shared his or her number publicly or with you on Facebook, you&rsquo;ll still be able to see who&rsquo;s calling alongside a profile picture and other general information. You can also permanently block any number with a simple tap, and better yet, you can ask Hello to ignore calls from commonly blocked numbers, such as telemarketing people and other annoying callers.</p> <p>Facebook friends that haven&rsquo;t shared their number with you will still show up as contacts. And while you won&rsquo;t be able to place a regular call, you still have the option of calling or texting them over Facebook Messenger, and get access to whatever other contact information they have shared with you.</p> <p>Another very convenient feature is the ability to search for people and businesses&rsquo; numbers directly from the dialer app. Feel like ordering pizza? Search for your favorite restaurant and place a call. You don&rsquo;t need to be friends on Facebook as long as the information is publicly listed.</p> <p>Hello doesn&rsquo;t bring any new changes to Facebook&rsquo;s privacy settings or policies -- it merely makes information you already share with contacts on the social network easily accessible in a relevant environment. That said, if you haven&rsquo;t checked your settings in a while now would be a good time to do it.</p> <p class="img-white"><img alt="facebook android app google play hello dialer" src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/04/2015-04-23-image-8.png" /></p> <p>Hello is available today <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.phone">exclusively on Android</a> and will be launching in just three countries for now: the United States, Brazil and Nigeria.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/60460-facebook-hello-aims-replace-android-dialer-smarter-caller.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/60460-facebook-hello-aims-replace-android-dialer-smarter-caller.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/60460-facebook-hello-aims-replace-android-dialer-smarter-caller.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. At last! It has been SO SUPER hard to make calls on my Android smartphone. I had to look up their number in Contacts, or in my Favorites. And now Marky Mark Zuckerberg can have full access to all of my all data! I wonder who he will sell that data to????
     
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  3. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 456   +40

    This does sound nice, being able to see the information of unknown numbers. Also being able to block common telemarketers is a nice feature, but I'm worried that it will be too bulky. It may not be, but Facebook is kinda slow on my phone and it would be a pain to have to let it load up for 10 seconds before I can make the decision to answer or not
     
  4. Tye Lucas

    Tye Lucas TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Yeah this will never be on my ****ing phone... NO THANK YOU!!!
     
  5. Oh HECK NO!! Never! N.E.V.E.R!!
     

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