Google Phone app testing Caller ID announcement and auto-deleting Call Screen transcripts

Google Phone app testing Caller ID announcement and auto-deleting Call Screen transcripts

Google is testing new features in its Google Phone app, the default dialer app on Pixel phones which recently became available for everyone. The new features that are in development include Caller ID announcements and auto-deleting Call Screen transcripts. While the features sound pretty self-explanatory, they’re still worthy of discussion. If anything, it’s always nice to hear about new features designed to improve the quality of life of users.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

When enabled, Caller ID announcement will announce the name or phone number of whoever is calling. Meanwhile, the new Call Screen option will allow the Phone app to automatically delete Call Screen transcripts and audio recordings after 30 days.

We were able to manually surface these two features in the Google Phone app, but the features are not available to users just yet, either via an update or a server-side flag. It’s unclear when they’ll be available to test out by a wider audience, but it’s possible they’ll go live alongside the launch of the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 tomorrow.

These features aren’t monumental additions to the Google Phone app, but they are welcome tweaks nonetheless. When the features do officially become available, they’ll join a host of other new features that have been recently added to the Google Phone app, which is now available to non-Pixel devices. The Google Phone app is capable of detecting spam and fraud calls, recording calls (depending on the region), and even supports a convenient “Flip to Silence” feature. On Pixel phones, the app also supports the Call Screen feature to screen robocallers and other unknown callers.

Thanks to PNF Software for providing us a license to use JEB Decompiler, a professional-grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.

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Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.