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People Also Sees Much-needed Polish in Android 4.4.3

We are still digging through Android 4.4.3, looking for major changes to talk about, like the newly re-skinned dialer that we already showed you. Unfortunately, the update is starting to look as minor as expected, so we aren’t finding much much else in terms of up-front overhauls to give you a look at. The People app did receive some much-needed love, though, making it look a lot more like Gmail and a lot less drab. 

As you can see from the images above, your contacts without contact images are now a lot more colorful. In place of the greyed-out icon for contacts that you will find in Android 4.4.2 and below, we now have colored boxes with letters to represent the first letter of the name of the contact. If you are a Gmail user, then this will look very familiar. In individual contact pages without contact images, we are also seeing that letter and color from the “All Contacts” page carry through. It certainly brightens up the People app.

And that’s about it. A little polish that goes a long way, in this case.

Noticing anything else in 4.4.3 that we are missing?

  • ziplock9000

    For those asking for head placeholders instead of the coloured block; Not all contacts are people, sometimes they are companies and organisations.

  • Droid Ronin

    Hopefully the Moto X should get updates shortly after it rolls out to the Nexus devices.

  • Bob G

    Hmm thought it was going to be Vick the Dick

  • Jason Kahn

    I like that Google is bringing better uniformity throughout its apps makes it easier to use, but then there is the latest Google+ update that looks nothing like and functions differently than any of the other Google service apps. It makes you scratch your head.

    • zurginator

      The new G+ app is an iOS app – it’s quite odd. Follows iOS guidelines and style choices.

  • Nick Haug

    Still don’t have an update for my Google Play Nexus 5… 🙁

  • TheKaz1969

    “People Also Sees Much Needed Polish in Android 4.4.3”

    Those in Poland must be happy to finally be included…

  • Ali Bazzi

    Going from a skinned version of Android to stock is quite different, almost boring.

    • PoisonApple31

      I always think that too when I look at my Nexus 7

    • AngryBadger

      stock is bare-bones alright. Kept my tablet stock but gave in and added my phone’s launcher finally.

  • fufusppatritck

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  • mcdonsco

    Still no nexus device ota?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    THANK YOU. (though I haven’t tried it yet) That app needed a big update it was terrible.

  • Arty McBert

    Please tell me they added text wrapping and the ability to play Flash in third party browsers back in the browsers.

    • Jeremy

      Flash is dead, it ain’t coming back.

  • valapsp

    1. When are the GPE devices going to get the update?
    2. Where can i find the factory image file for my Sony Z Ultra?

  • jamaall


    • Rodeojones000

      No doubt your all-caps comment directed towards Google will be given serious consideration by all in Mountain View.

      • Taurussho14

        like they read this site anyway…

        besides they listed years ago when people said “AND F-IN MAKE THE UI MORE PLEASEING TO THE EYES. ANDROID LOOKS LIKE HORSE SH I T”

        • Guest

          Whoever decided caps = shouting is an idiot… I like caps 🙂

      • jamaall

        Because using caps lock is so intimidating!

      • StankyChikin

        Whoever decided caps = shouting is an idiot… I like caps!!

    • Wesley Jonathan Marcolino

      Using cake

  • karanrajpal14

    This seems a little pointless to me because it still shows the old image while calling the contact. They should’ve integrated it within the call screen too.

    • Taurussho14

      thats google for ya

  • It’s 0.0.1 upgrade, I wouldn’t expect much changes in UI and functionality. After Google I/O, now we’re talking.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Right just a little taste of what’s to come! 😀

      • They possibly spent a lot of time consolidating everything to create a stable foundation to go forward with 5. I suspect they released this as polish to 4 and the solid start to 4.5 or 5. I reckon 5 will have a lot of the top stuff reworked while the core code for networking and all that jazz is nice, stable and solid.

    • michael arazan

      What did they update, a few lines of code because of oracle

  • Al-Burrit0

    The people app is looking nice but not liking the dialer reminds me of iOS 7

    • Marikel

      Please explain to me the resemblance between the new dialer and the iOS dialer? Because the resemblance there is nonexistant.

      • Taurussho14


      • Al-Burrit0

        Blue and white color scheme reminds me of ios7. The moto x dialer still has the black and blue color scheme which IMO looks nicer.

        • Marikel

          Except for the fact that Apple was not the first to use a white and blue color scheme, and the iOS 7 dialer uses a white and green color scheme with rounded buttons.

          • Al-Burrit0

            Just my opinion didn’t mean to get you all worked up! 😉

          • DainLaguna

            I don’t think he is getting worked up. He is merely stating that comparing this to iOS 7 is strange given that they don’t look much alike

          • Al-Burrit0

            I wrote this based on MY opinion no one had to agree with me and he wanted me to show him facts. Anyways the color scheme is at least similar. Green and blue are somewhat similar colors. Like I believe the fb messenger app looks like Apple’s message app. The only noticeable difference is one uses green chat bubbles and the other blue.

  • Trysta

    Does anyone else hate the gigantic multicolored letter blocks they use as placeholders for contacts that don’t have a pic which for many is probably their entire contacts list! What was wrong with the nice head placeholder?!

    • hc792

      Well, what’s wrong with the colored blocks?

      • Taurussho14

        well, whats wrong with heads?

        • jamaall

          theres no black heads, therefore google is racist.

          • ME, not you!

            Discus is racist as all their heads are black, I am a cracker head!

    • Taurussho14

      they did that in Gmail….. google must hate heads

    • calculatorwatch

      I like that they’re different colors. It makes it nicer to look at. The letters I don’t really care about, maybe if it was initials they would actually help me identify the person.

    • sdcoiner76

      I like both the colored blocks and the letters. BTW..most of my contacts have pics but that might be because of them being pulled in from G+

    • OMJ

      I wish they would just use random stock images of people. Kinda like when you buy a frame and there is a sample picture in it. /S

      • DainLaguna

        That would actually be hilarious

      • zurginator

        I’m going to do this for all my contacts without photos.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Frankly I don’t like either implementation. They still need to come up with something better.

  • Rod

    If you’re using the N5, what about the camera focusing?

  • Swoops

    Dang, next time gadget next time

  • JonathonFlores

    Oh yeah

    • OhYeah!

      Oh yeah!

  • Swoops


  • Alex Boro

    I know it may be too early to tell, but any battery life improvements?

    • Rod

      Too early

    • JonathonFlores

      I’d tell you but it’s too early to tell…if you couldn’t already tell.

    • ziplock9000

      It’s too early to tell, ask me yesterday.