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Google Dialer was only available on Nexus and Google Play devices, until now

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Google Dialer was only available on Nexus and Google Play devices, until now
If you have a Moto X, or if you have loaded up a custom ROM of Android 4.4 onto your device, you might have noticed that one of our favorite features of KitKat hasn't been fully available on your device: the new Google Dialer. If you're running Android 4.4 on a device other than a Nexus or Google Play experience device, you're actually getting the worst possible experience.

The worst part of the new Dialer is the UI, which has inexplicably been altered to remove the Holo theme swiping between call history, contacts, and the dialer. This means that those of us who have become accustomed to swiping will constantly be swiping away favorite contacts rather than switching panes. The best part of the Dialer is the integrated Google Search and Internet-assisted Caller ID, but it looks like those features are actually exclusive to Nexus devices and Google Play experience devices. You won't find them on a Moto X or in a custom KitKat ROM, because it isn't part of the Android Open Source Project. It is a closed-source app, just like other Google Apps. 

But, there is now an option to sideload the Dialer and get that Google integration, at least if you are on a rooted device running a KitKat ROM. If you try loading up the Google Dialer on a non-rooted device, you won't be able to make calls, which theoretically is the primary function of a Dialer app. However, if you are running an Android 4.4 ROM and have root, you can get all of the features. Just head to the source for the download links and instructions.

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:10

1. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Nice! I do love the new dialer, its one of my favorite 4.4 Features.

Btw, i'll just hide this in this Post but i have 3 Glass invites to give away if anyone wants one and has the 1500 (and live in the US)

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:11 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ain't nobody got money for that!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:30

6. Sendhelps (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I would GLADLY take an invite off your hands!!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:40

7. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


@Sendhelps, cool i'll need your gmail address and first and last name to submit to google. My email is in my profile, just send me an email with it

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:10 3

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Michael, why don't you guys ever put the download link directly in the article?

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:21

4. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Wow, I thought that the dialler on my cyanogemod 11 was the same as the kitkat... Downloaded and it is working perfectly

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:24

5. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


One thing is missing, there was a Statistics panel that has gone...

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:01 1

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3318; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So much for being open

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:20 3

9. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Art thou irate, brethren?

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 15:32 1

10. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


There's plenty of dialers in the play store.

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