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Google Phone app could soon gain Caller ID announcement and other new features
by Rajesh Pandey
Google expanded the availability of its Google Phone app along with the Verified Calls feature to more non-Pixel devices earlier this month. Now, the company is working on some new features for its dialer app to further increase its usefulness.
The first option in testing is called 'Caller ID announcement' and as the name suggests, it would lead to the phone app reading out the incoming caller's name or number. Another new feature in the works is the option to automatically delete Call Screen transcripts and recordings after 30 days. Call Screen is only available in the United States and Canada so this feature is going to be handy for a limited number of users. Nonetheless, if you rely on Call Screen heavily, the option to delete its transcripts automatically after every 30 days will be a handy addition.
Lastly, the app will be gaining a new 'Saved voicemails' shortcut in the Voicemail tab to let users quickly access their saved voicemails.
These features are still under testing from Google but they should make their way to the Phone app in the coming weeks presumably around the time the Pixel 5 hits the stores.
By Abhay V
Google Phone app to expand to more devices this week, also brings Verified Calls
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google began rolling out the Verified Calls feature for the Google Phone app back in June. The feature helps users identify unknown callers by vetting businesses and providing caller information for verified businesses, including the reason for the call. This reduces the likelihood of users falling prey to scam calls. However, the feature was available only for Pixel devices running the Phone app.
While the beta version of the Phone app began being made available to more Android devices last month, the Verified Calls feature was still exclusive to the search giant’s own phones. That is soon changing, as the company has announced that the Phone app will be made available to more Android devices later this week, which will also bring the Verified Calls feature.
The firm says that it piloted the feature with customers for a few months and noticed that it “improves the likelihood of someone answering a call”, especially for calls relating to bank transactions and other services. It adds that this feature, in addition to the Verified SMS feature helps users identify and trust communication from brands.
Verified Calls will make it to users in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and India as part of its initial rollout. The firm adds that it will be expanding availability to more regions soon, but did not specify the devices that will receive the feature. It is also conducting a special session during its Google Cloud Next ‘20 On Air online event series for partners and businesses to understand the feature.
Google Phone app beta can now be installed on most Android smartphones
by Rajesh Pandey
The latest Google Phone beta app is now compatible with most Android devices out there. The dialer app comes pre-installed on Pixel, Android One, and select Xiaomi devices sold in the EU. Google had expanded the availability of the Google Phone app to some non-Pixel devices earlier this year, but the app was only compatible with a handful of devices. With the latest beta though, the Google Phone app can now be installed on smartphones from OnePlus, Samsung, and even Huawei as reported by Android Police and users on Reddit.
To install the Google Phone app on your Android device, you must first join the beta program of the app. After that, you will be able to install the beta app on your device. The app is not showing up in Play Store search results on mobile so you will have to install it from the web by using a direct link. The app listing suggests it should be compatible with Android devices running Nougat or a newer build of Android.
I successfully managed to install the Google Phone app on my Galaxy S20+ and set it as default replacing the stock Samsung Phone app. The dialer app has worked fine so far without any issues. Sadly, you will not be getting access to features like Call Screen and Verified Calls as they still remain exclusive to Google's Pixel lineup.
Source: Android Police
Google Phone gets Verified Calls to let you know why a business is calling
by Rajesh Pandey
Google is rolling out a new Verified Calls feature for the Phone app to let a user know that they are receiving a call from a business and the reason behind it. The company explains that the Verified Calls feature is meant to avoid scams and fraud calls by verifying the identity of the business that is calling, display their reason for calling as well as their business logo. All these details will be shown on the incoming call screen so a user knows that they are receiving a genuine call from a business and its purpose without picking the phone up. Google also confirms that a user's private data is not shared with the businesses at any time during this process.
Verified Calls are different from call screening as in the latter, Assistant screens the calls after it is picked up. The former requires businesses to send their phone number, the phone number they are calling, and the reason they are calling like "Scheduling your internet installation." This information is then relayed by Google's server to the Phone app on your device. Then, when the business calls you, Google compares the incoming call information with the one provided by the business and then shows it on the Phone app. Within a few minutes of the verification being completed, Google will delete your phone number and the reason for calling from its servers.
The Verified Calls feature is turned on by default provided you have the Google Phone app on your device and have your number linked to your Google account.
Source: Android Police
By Richard C.
As topic title says, the setting app itself opens and works fine, however when I ever I try and click "data usage" the app closes silently.
A log is shown of it now workning in reliability, and I've posted it here.
I've tried running dism and it says it found no corruption, I've tried using an alternate user account, and I've tried using the windows update troubleshooter, they all say everything is fine.
Any idea on what to do next?