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Android Dialer to Incorporate Google+ Profiles Starting Early Next Year


Back on November 4, but just now catching the attention of the Web, Google announced through its official Android Google+ page that the Smart Dialer featured in Android 4.4 will receive an update that would include the addition of Google+ profiles for those who have Discovery Mode enabled. 

If you dial a number, it is then cross referenced through Google+, and if found, the attached account’s profile picture is then displayed through the dialer. It’s a way to help bring media to your device, that way you don’t have to look at boring blank contact images. Plus, Google is all about connecting friends.

Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you).

Google says this feature should show up in early 2014, which is right around the corner.

This sounds like a good idea to us. If we are buying into Google’s ecosystem, and they are holding onto everyone’s information, then it might as well be used to help out once in a while.

What are your thoughts?

Via: +Android

  • TC Infantino

    I wish this plus FaceBook contacts would be sync’d in the contacts list. That was one of the things I enjoyed with my HTC phones that I now miss with my Maxx. That plus a couple of other things in Sense I really liked. If there is a way to do the same with the Maxx, I would love to hear about it.

  • krudl3rx

    So… most Android users have a G+ profile that they never visit or use… so if I leave my browser logged in to my calendar (for example), can my roommate quick change my profile pic to goatse without my knowledge? That would be great.

  • Fresh360

    Ok maybe it’s just me but dont we already have this limited functionality? If I have a contact saved and I don’t have an image saved it will default to their Google profile pic…So now its just being expanded to people you dont have in your address book already, correct?

  • David Henry

    I look through here and see that most people are complaining that it is useless because they don’t have friends on G+. Feel free to downvote (I expect plenty), but here are some of my thoughts on that.

    First of all, that’s not useful feedback. Google has put in serious effort to provide a rich user experience and improve that experience. So, though you don’t care, it makes it a better experience for those of us who do. And maybe someday they’ll be the leader and then you might care. No one initially expected Facebook to ever be bigger then MySpace.

    Secondly, what you you expect, them to build in more Facebook (et al.) functionality? They are working with what they have and they know. If the others aren’t keeping up (Facebook Home = Fail) then that is their strategy.

    • ToddAwesome

      I think most of us appreciate and ENJOY the G+ experience. We’re mainly frustrated by the stranglehold that Facebook has on the world. It’s going to take a while for people to transition, if ever.

  • joejoe5709

    Eh… that’s kind of creepy. I’d much prefer a level of privacy when it comes to my phone number even if that means losing the convenience of knowing who is calling.

  • Ben

    Hope you can turn that off or Craigslist could potentially get very personal very quickly.

  • ToddAwesome

    “This is awesome, since everyone I know uses it!” – said nobody, ever

  • I see why Google is doing this but out of all the people I know maybe 4-5 people actually have G+ even fewer use it. Worthless to me.

    • capecodcarl

      Yeah, but once everyone migrates over from Facebook this is going to be killer.

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    • akhnaten

      I don’t have a G+ account, or a facebook account, or a twitter account. Am I going to be able to use my Android phone once it has this dialer? They forced paying picasa users to have a G+ account, now I can’t access my pictures. Will they do the same for my phone?

  • sparty569

    I dont want to be a Cam girl like your buddy’s sister in law.

  • MikeSaver

    Could be cool except most of my friends aren’t on Google+.

    • Steve B

      You need new friends 😉

      • MikeSaver

        will you be my friend?

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        • Steve B

          Awww, I’d be honored

    • spearman792

      Same, but I am slowly seeing more of mine sign up. I think Google is tricking them into signing up because they always seem surprised that they suddenly have an account haha

      • abqnm

        It was the “Great YouTube Merge of 2013” where Google decided everyone should use their real name on YouTube so it prompted everyone to enter their name which also would create a g+ profile. Many people opted out but a lot of people just click buttons and fill out forms because they pop up so they are surprised when they now have g+ or whatever else the next pop-up offers them.

        • michael arazan

          I had a YT account before I had an android phone. When I got a Gnex with ICS it would not let me sync my original YT account and had to get another YT account that sync all Google features giving me 2 YT accounts. NOW Google Gives me another YT account synced with my real name, which I chose to stay with my 2nd account but still have a full name account I can’t delete. Thx Google For complicating everything and causing me to have 3 YT accounts.

    • Calvin Williams

      They need to update the circles feature. I know it’s a great idea and all but it really makes it confusing for newcomers. They should change the name to friends or contacts

      • Mark Curtis

        It’s been called “People” for a while now.

        • Guest

          haha oh I’ll delete this then.

        • michael arazan

          I have all my friends listed in my acquaintances circle just to mess with them

  • Droid Ronin

    I hope that they update the incoming call screen. The way it looks right now on AOSP, my contact photo’s picture is cut in half when I receive a call.

    • zurginator

      I’d like to see full-screen photos, like the new lockscreen does for music.

      C’mon Google, this is 2013 and we have 6″ phone screens. Why are we seeing a tiny pic in a sea of black?

  • Colton

    *looks at photo*
    Oh Brad Pitt is calling me?
    …oh its just my friend…darn you..

  • br_hermon

    They’re relatively minor issues but… What if you prefer the contact photo you already have in your phone for your contacts? Second, what if you rely on the picture to know who’s calling? Next thing you know a picture of someone’s most recent meal, a gay rights symbol, an Avatar or some e-card is calling you, wuh-oh.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You can turn it off.

    • brkshr

      If you set the contact on the phone, it should override the G+ photo. At least that’s how it works with contacts in my phone now.

      Edit: This is for people that call you and they are not stored in your phone.

      • br_hermon

        Thanks for the feedback brkshr, I hadn’t ready any coverage stating that’s how it works (that phone photos override G+ photos).

    • Kiril Vatev

      My thoughts exactly. You better be able to override this. I know, for example, I can’t force contact images in Hangouts to be the ones from my local contacts. I hope Google is not forgetting that sometimes people are stupid and post pictures of their cat as a profile photo.

  • brkshr

    I like this

  • Hothfox

    I’m sure people will immediately decry this as, “Whoa, someone has too much of my information!” But, article says it’s opt in (through discovery mode), so I don’t see the harm. If you’re using Google, chances are they know everything there is to know about you anyway, right down to the mole on your butt cheek.

    • mrjayviper

      from what I’ve read, it’s an opt out. you’re in by default