News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 05, 2013.
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While many of the new features that Google highlighted with Android 4.4 KitKat are under-the-hood enhancements that many may not realize will lead to big improvements, Google has taken the time to highlight how the new dialer app will provide more information than it ever has in the past.
The Android 4.4 KitKat dialer features a new Caller ID function that taps into Google+ data. The dialer connects with Google Places listings so it can see business numbers and notify users when receiving an incoming call, and it also connects to Google Apps domains to show when someone from work calls.
The most interesting aspect of the KitKat dialer is that it will start showing profile information for people next year. Beginning in "early 2014," Google+ photos with profile information will appear when receiving a phone call from a number associated with a Google account. Android already supports showcasing profile photos from friends on Google+, but this feature will work even if an incoming call is not from someone in a user's Google+ circles. So if two people exchange business cards on Wednesday and don't become online friends, the caller ID will still show his or her name and photo. Google+ users will have the option of not having their information shown.
Google has already implemented the changes other than the personal Google+ caller ID function. It also added a new search feature that makes finding numbers easier. Users can search of business or a company's directory if the phone is linked to a Google Apps account. The dialer is available now for Android 4.4 KitKat devices, which so far is limited to the Nexus 5.source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.