In June, the XDA community was introduced to Contactive, a new type of caller ID program that works in conjunction with your address book and social media outlets. The introduction, however, was limited to those who frequent XDA’s App Development Forums and easily overlooked by users searching for ways to improve their user experience. Although XDA Forum Member contactive_dave had little to say about the brilliant dialer replacement, there is much to say about its functionality. Contactive is a free application that works with various social media outlets—whether it be Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google—to add useful information to each individual contact listing on your device.
Your favorite contacts are only one click away through integration with the dialer. Unlike stock Android, users need only to click on the face of one of their starred friends in order to call them. Once a call has been established, you can instantly see your friends’ latest Tweet and/or Facebook post, your last call with them, and other pertinent info.
In addition to in-call options, the application uses your connected social medias, as well as public media outlets such as Yelp and the Yellow and White Pages to access a wide range of information. By opening a friend’s contact screen, you can easily see the last text message, their latest social media posts, and every other stalk-worthy detail. Furthermore, by clicking on any of the specific details, you will be brought directly to the requested application. For those who have to shuffle your feet trying to remember your significant other’s birthday, Contactive is the solution. One of its features is to display your contact’s birthday information, beginning with the most current. Contact information is updated in real time, so you always have access to the most relevant information.
What about those who are not in your address book? According to its website, “Contactive acts as your very own intelligence agency” by using public information to identify numbers who would otherwise remain “unknown” until the call is answered.
So far only two issues keep me from using this as my daily driver: lack of integration with Google Now and other instant call applications, and the requirement to dial area codes when entering a phone number. Other than that, Contactive exceeds expectations in user friendliness and features. To get started, head over to the application thread.