Thursday , April 19 2018

Google Phone app gaining direct-to-voicemail and spam filtering as part of an open beta test

You may remember that the Google Phone app got a major update back in February where it enabled convenient chat heads for quick in-call controls and over the coming weeks (after beta testing has been completed) the default dialer for Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices is adding further spam filtering capabilities.

In 2016, the Google Phone app began alerting users to potential spam callers by flashing the incoming call screen in bright red, with another “Suspected spam caller” alert just underneath the phone number calling you.

Now the spam filtering goes one step further by no longer bothering you when a potential spam call is detected. If one is detected, the call will instead go straight to voicemail ensuring that instead of calling and interrupting and bothering you – it doesn’t.

Though, users will will not receive a missed call or voicemail notification. However, filtered calls will appear in call history and any voicemails left will still show up in that respective tab/section.

As stated, the new spam filtering features are rolling out over the coming weeks to Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices but if you can’t wait, you can join the beta testing program and beta test the new features whilst Google tried to iron out the bugs.

The company has stated that the new features will still be in-development, might be unstable, and have “a few problems.” However, users will have the ability to submit in-app feedback throughout the process.

To join the beta testing program for the Google Phone app, just simply head over to the beta testing website here and scroll down to “Become a tester” in order to join.

Alex Dennis   Journalist

By day, Alex works within the Industrial Relations field/occupation but by night and in his spare down time he searches the net for anything and everything relating to Android and Chrome related products and news.

Other various interests Alex has include, Accessible transport for people with disabilities along with LGBTIQ and Health related fields and interests for again for people with disabilities.

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2 Comments on "Google Phone app gaining direct-to-voicemail and spam filtering as part of an open beta test"

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Dean Rosolen

I hope this function can be turned off as sometime calls you’re expecting (following up on a tech issue for instance) get flagged as suspicious spam calls.

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your link doesn’t work

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