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Here's a look at the refreshed Dialer for Android 4.4.3

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Here's a look at the refreshed Dialer for Android 4.4.3
Android 4.4.3 is a pretty small update, as evidenced by the fact that the version number rose by just 0.0.1. The update adds the usual bug fixes, security updates, and stability updates, as well as promising to "improve the power profile", which sounds like it could lead to better battery life. The one outward-facing update is a refreshed UI for the Dialer app.

What you'll find in the Dialer app in Android 4.4.3 is actually the same as the leaked Dialer images that we saw back in April. The update is what you'd expect from a Google update these days, making the experience more visual. Right off the bat, you'll notice that your favorites/recent contacts list has been redesigned to be a grid of images. This not only makes it look better, but it removes the annoyance of accidentally swiping away a contact as you try to learn that this Dialer doesn't use the same swipe gesture navigation as the previous version. Now, to remove a contact requires a long-press, though there is no indication of how to do that, you just have to figure it out. 

The actual keypad is no longer a dark panel that slides up, but a separate screen with blue numbers on a white background. The icons for unknown numbers have been redesigned as well. Overall, it is a nice update, though we would have preferred a return to the options for swiping to the left to get to recents and to the right for contacts. Given how ubiquitous swipe gestures are, it's a shame Google changed that. 


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posted on 03 Jun 2014, 16:40 11

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1661; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Truely marvelous. This is why Android rules. Just look at that georgeous font and shadows. Those numbers look so clear and crisp. Truely original and not copied from anyone.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 16:45 7

2. sipha (Posts: 299; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I actualy agree with you Troll.. +1

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:34 2

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

That was so funny

Hahaha

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 00:44

41. hipnotika (Posts: 302; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


ahahahaha

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 16:53

4. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Yeah sure Fandroid.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:16 13

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Says the iJelly

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:11 1

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Give him a Jell-O.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:03 10

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Your avatar could be a perfect new Apple logo!

Apple shape could represent Apple as a company.
Troll face could represent Apple patent wars.
Rainbow colours could represent Tim Cook.

:D

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:45 5

13. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1616; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Haha must have struck a nerve because he changed it

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:50 2

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Quickly after my comment Ninetysix changed his avatar - probably he no more likes it! :D Ninetysix if you like your previous avatar you can keep it I promise that I will not laugh at you it is your choice. I PROMISE! :)

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:31 1

24. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

+1

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 06:46 1

44. medicci37 (Posts: 650; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Now that was funny PAuser Lmao

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:30

45. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thanks! :)

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:05 6

6. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Your sarcasm is futile, the truth about Apple stealing is out in the open now, iSh33ps can't handle it they troll android articles now lol...watch how Apple will stealthily include this dialer in iOS 8 beta updates overtime.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:09

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1661; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Yeah..LOL. iPhone users will get the new kitkat features faster than Android OEMs. Maybe it'll help kitkat get out of the single digit market share :)

https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:47 4

14. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1616; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


With Android on over 20x more phones than Apple I would hope so otherwise Apple is slackin hardcore. You iDrones forget it's up to the OEMs to push the latest update, not Google

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:00 3

17. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


If all Android are Nexus devices, that'll be 95% adoption of Kit kat, in Android world we have options and users are able to choose whichever OEM they prefer according to their needs, OEM and networks can be slow in updates but NOT Google. Google engineers worked really hard for all those features for Android and for Apple to come and steal them just like that is not fair. The only thing Apple does since day one is steal others ideas, manipulate a bit and bupitty baboodoo ba it becomes their invention and patented.

Shameless iFruit!

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:37 1

20. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What's more epic is and lmfao, that it took 4 flipping years for Apple to use half of Androids features on IOs8

Wth. 4 years, and your complaining about Kk....

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 21:04 1

32. iushnt (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


If u still count number of KitKat phones and ios7.1.1 phone, KitKat would still out number them :)

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 23:32

38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 653; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Its easy to copy when you have competitors like Google, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG etc.. Each one making Android user experience better.. Apple has so many options to steal from...

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:15 1

8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


That's erny from sesame street

I love grover

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:41 1

11. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


You're trying too hard.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:31 1

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Cry me a river, iWannabe.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 20:25

29. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Apple invented dialers so they copied it from them. Also I invented speed dial. Obviously android stealing my idea!!! LOL

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 21:01 1

31. iushnt (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Even though u may have tried to use scarsacm, I give u +1for saying truth :)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:43 1

42. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Clear and crisp is reserved for phones that have a DPI beyond apples retina lameness.

So yeah, new it looks like.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:40

43. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1066; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


but I have sprint and theyonly use their dialers i have gs3 with stock kitkat 4.4.2

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 16:53 5

3. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


iOS 8 > Android 4.4.3

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:25 8

10. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Google > apple

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:58 5

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7121; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You forget that we're coming due for an Android 5.0. And Google I/O is later this month. ;)

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:36 4

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yeah I'm awaiting for it too. Waiting for ART to replace Dalvik, and shut fools up. :-)

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:33 4

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Old problem of chimps, just spew sh!t.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 20:27

30. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)


But how?? I give BJ's to the droid bot every day! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 23:03 3

36. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oh thats understandable, no girl gives a damn to morons like you, so you have to compromise with a toy. Ok dude you have my sympathy. ;(

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 21:06 6

33. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


you mean iOS 8 = Android 4.0

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 23:30 2

37. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3422; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Nice avatar. :-D

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 21:07 3

34. iushnt (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Android 2.3.6 = or > ios8

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 23:40 1

39. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 653; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


????????????

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:42 1

12. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Just what we need, more flat, lifeless Metro.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:39

46. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Flat is sexy, at least in the design world...

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 17:55

16. sip1995 (Posts: 862; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That's flater than the previous one......Windows Phone rules.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:38

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I like Wp8.1, though I hate Wp.

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 21:43 3

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1597; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well wp dailer isn't as flat as this...
And to remind you google is pushing flat UI before wp...but they did slowly...step by step...

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 18:26

18. dorianb (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The new favorites/speed dial list in grid mode is visually appealing. I'm sure it'll help some out. I personally just never set favorite contacts

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 19:40

28. allawi (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


I am from Minnesota in picture 3 however I don't have the Phone.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 00:26

40. Penny (Posts: 1195; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I'm glad they're at least not afraid to make drastic changes in an attempt to make improvements. I think it's still not the most user-friendly operating system, but it gets a little bit better with each iteration. Make the UI simple and consistent Android team, you have to do it.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:27

47. DoctorMythos (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I love the current phone app, having the little phone circle that you drag to answer, ignore, or text is beautiful. I don't care if they change all the other stuff but I want that feature to stay.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:29

48. shaughtgun (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


I really hope they were looking up the Surly Tap Room to enjoy some of "The Darkness". ;)
If you're a beer snob from MN you'll know what I mean.

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