Ben Elliott · Feb 3, 2011 at 03:00 am

Call People Quickly with Contactz for Android

While touch screens offer an unparalleled way of navigating through your phone, such tasks as picking an option from a list are tricky to do accurately without hard buttons, especially in such situations as driving or simply when you want things done quickly.

XDA member contactz.my has proposed a solution to this by developing a simple widget for Android, designed to make the option to call your favourite people as accessible as possible. The Contactz widget is a large window which will sit on your home screen, holding potential conversations with four of your contacts at just a tap away.

The widget is designed to be very simple to use. If driving (when used obviously in conjunction with a hands-free set), it almost makes it possible not to have to look at your phone when starting a call.

Key features include the ability to change the widget’s skin and the option to choose whether to call a contact with or without using the loudspeaker, or to send an SMS. Contacts can be identified using either a picture you have set on their information file or though a funny little Android character (with appropriate alterations depending on the gender).

To try Contactz out for yourself, search for it in the Android Market. The developer’s thread is available here for any questions or recommendations.


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Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above.
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