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Google rolls out spam call blocking feature to beta testers

By Polycount
Apr 11, 2018
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  1. If you tend to receive more spam calls than you like, you wouldn't be alone. Whether a given spam call is human-initiated or a robocall, very few people enjoy dealing with them - so far, your options have essentially amounted to attempting to block every single number that comes in or simply letting your phone ring.

    Given the fact that neither of those options addresses the root of the problem, some phone makers are taking matters into their own hands by opting to take more significant action against spam callers. According to 9to5Google, Google is one such company.

    Those who own a Google Nexus, Pixel or Android One phone can opt-in to a beta version of Google's "Phone" app through the Google Play Store. Upon doing so, users will find that spam calls are automatically blocked and sent directly to voicemail, though no missed call or voicemail notifications will appear.

    This isn't the first time Google has taken steps to help their users avoid potentially fraudulent or otherwise dangerous spam calls. In 2016, the search giant began warning users about potential incoming spam calls by causing the call screen to flash red, simultaneously displaying a warning saying the call was from a "suspected spam caller."

    If you'd prefer not to sign up for the Phone app's beta program, the update is expected to roll out to everyone sometime in the next few weeks.

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  2. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 551   +370

    Exciting times, now that Google has caught up to WinPhones in 2014. Who knows what's next? TILES?
    kombu likes this.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Spam callers I use True Caller ID instead so I know who the heck is calling me. I usually don't pick-up calls I do not know. Google Android needs a lot of work on the binary code they used based on Linux Kernel as 14 years as Linux Embedded Developer an as a 8 years Android Embedded Developer it really amazes me that they don't get it at Google. Fix the OS instead of release newer names versions. Doesn't make sense to me. Voice Dictation doesn't work 100% it's like hit and miss!

    Windows 10 Phone - Nice features but nobody using it..
    Android OS Phone - Everyone on it but buggy, freezes, crashes and all sorts of updates.. 8 years working on these really shows me where they're going nowhere fast.
    iOS Phone - Sure you got a nice phone but at what cost does it mean to have one. These are not any better than the other two Phones.

    Everything is beta sure they test more UTA would be nice but I guess they don't use them as well...

    Phone Calls in/out block the caller but yet there is no option to block them from Voice Mail they can still save a message to your voice mail or send you a text message. What's the sense of blocking the number only if they can get pass your block and still be able to leave you a either a voice or text message. Doesn't make much sense does it..

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