Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...
Use your Google Voice account with iDialer dialpad
First released back in September 2008 by XDA member supbro, iDialer v0.53 provides the functionality to call from your Google Voice account direct from the dialpad on your Windows Mobile device. The dialpad is a clone of the much loved iPhone dialer and is fully skinnable.
Compatible with QVGA, VGA, HVGA and WVGA (upscaled) on touchscreen and non touchscreen devices (pocketpc and smartphones), iDialer is compatible with WM6 ,6.1 and 6.5. At the time of writing, compatibility with WM6.5.3. is still to be confirmed.
When placing an outgoing call, iDialer will ask which service you wish to use – however I suspect that most would use their Google Voice account if they have one.
iDialer relies on the built-in default dialer or Google Voice to place the call using a callback method. Once the call is made, iDialer closes down and an incoming call is received from your Google Voice number, which when answered connects to the recipient. Your actual phone call occurs over your phone network and the data network (so not VoIP).
Other features include copy & paste, dialling ‘p’ and ‘w’ in phone numbers from iContact (supbro’s affiliated contact manager app), long press ‘1’ for voicemail, other speed-dials 2-9. 911 calls are always forced to use the built-in dialer.
iDialer is best used with iContact and GreenButton (both applications were developed by supbro and integrate superbly with iDialer). Without iContact, you will need to either remember the numbers that you wish to dial or copy and paste from the default contacts application. GreenButton maps your hardkey call button to call up iDialer, rather than the default dialpad. Unfortunately if you are a fan of Mobile Shell, then GreenButton will not work for you – in which case AEButton (Plus) is a good alternative to map the hardkey yourself. In order for iContact to communicate with iDialer, both applications must be installed to the same memory – either Storage Card or device memory.
Number format display can be updated via the registry or via supbro’s CabGen app which will update the registry for you. Dialpad tone volume too has it’s own registry key and can be modified to ‘0’ if you like a silent dialpad or you can install supbro’s mute keypad.cab.
For those of you looking for a fully integrated dialer, then iDialer unfortunately is not for you – ultimately it is a dialpad (it has no TAPI functionality built in) with no additional in-call features (the default dialer takes over), or built in SMS capability for Google Voice. Supbro has planned for in-call features to be developed in version 1.0 although the last update was way back in September 2009. In addition smartdialling is not supported, neither is video calling, nor USSD messages.
Check out the application thread for more info.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Lollipop brought a revamp to the lockscreen, taking away custom widgets but showing your notifications instead. If you're a fan of that, you might want an easier way to check your notifications as they come in, without losing your current lockscreen. Glimpse Notifications by XDA Senior Member xrad offers just that. You'd normally have to turn your screen on manually to see your notifications. Instead, Glimpse Notifications will do it for you when a notification comes in. That doesn't mean...
As more developers are updating their apps with Material Design elements, we're starting to see a plethora of beautiful new apps on the Play Store. But which ones are the best? Let us know what you think the best looking apps on Android are and why.