KitKat dialer could show ads
With the new KitKat dialer, the contacts list will be prioritized based on the people you speak to the most. You will be able to search for phone numbers from local businesses. Caller ID will search for incoming numbers not in your contacts list with a list of business numbers, and will also call up a Google Maps listing if the call does originate from a business. The new dialer features a card based UI similar to what you see with Google Now.
KitKat dialer gets new features
1. The new contacts list prioritizes based on the people you call the most
2. Code in the dialer's APK suggests that ads are coming
source: +RonAmadeo, AndroidPolice via AndroidAuthority
UPDATE: Ron Amadeo has updated his Google+ page and has spread the word that the code found on the KitKat dialer's APK is old code and the good news is that Google is not-repeat NOT-planning on putting ads on the dialer. Perhaps this was a trial balloon, who knows? But regardless, no one on the consumer end liked the idea, it is not happening, and we can all now breathe a little better.
26. jove39 (Posts: 1283; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
May be while phone is ringing...google will play adds :)
31. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
What are you talking about hownarevthey getting worse? Its gonna show you local places like in Google now. Those aren't really ads more like a useful feature
42. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
The code shows you can turn the feature off, idk where you see the problem.
58. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I think that, since we can get a phone which is much better than the iphone at half the price (I'm talking about the nexus 5) and an os that's more advanced than iOS for free, we can tolerate an ad every now and then.
45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ads being displayed in the dialer might be a bit of an overreach. I would definitely pay to not have the ads displayed - I need to use the dialer to dial a phone number I want to call, not have some POS ad display. There are ample areas to display ads, the dialer should be an ad-free zone.
61. xtremesv (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
If one day I saw an ad on my dialer or my contacts list, I'd immediately go out to get a Windows Phone or iPhone.
2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
If this is true, you can always use a replacement dialer.
That's the beauty of Android
8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Can you point me to one in the play store?
32. gust3r3u (Posts: 81; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
so not in play store .. plenty of other stores out there !
6. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
If there is a such thing..there will be option to disable.if google want that much money they would charge for everyphone releasing with android.
41. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
You could also just buy another phone
That's the beauty of having other options
4. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Lol enjoy this slippery slope Android users.
11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
and you enjoy the rocky road with a million humps user of the less capable iOS
59. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Enjoy the fact that you can buy one iphone for the price of two nexus 5. And still have a phone and an OS that aren't as capable and powerful as the N5.
7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Or root your phone and get those out of the way
12. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
It does. Make sure you know what you're doing so it don't get bricked.
13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1612; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I'll go ahead and send instructions to my grandma on how to root her phone so she doesn't see the ads. Gimme a few..
17. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Actually even your grandma could do it. Search for one-click root programs. Plug in your phone, press the root button and...voila! There you go. I rooted my phone using the exact same method.
22. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
but not all phones are supported by one-click root though
24. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Or just tell tour grandma to disable it? I mean there is even a Google option on the code...
Now are you seriously worrying about code that's not active? Code that's incomplete? How do you not know this could be part of the local businesses dialer? Instead of the whole thing... Just saying
35. Whateverman (Posts: 3203; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Or tell your grandma to do what all the other grandmas are doing... Buy an iPhone! :)
38. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It does, but no manufacturers really care, or even check it for root. I broke the screen on my GS2 while it was rooted and running CyanogenMod, got it replaced free of charge with no trouble at all.
Even if you don't know how or don't want to root, it apparently gives you an option to disable it.
51. joey_sfb (Posts: 2924; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
My local Samsung support also never check for root. Its like the don't ask don't tell policy.
My guess is they wouldn't want to lose customers over stupid policy while the heat is on from Apple lawsuit.
My local LG support does void warranty for rooted device.
44. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
But you can un rooted as well. And no problems with your warranty.
9. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
Just another reason to switch to Windows Phone.
18. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
You realise that users disable them? Just look at the second image.
21. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
I have an Android now. Don't get me wrong, I love Android, I just really want to switch to Windows. This was just me thinking outloud to myself.
53. joey_sfb (Posts: 2924; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Just switch to Windows phone. Your money your choice.
I have windows phone given to me by the office but i still use Android as my main phone.
Windows phone not really worth spending my money on.
50. Sauce (unregistered)
Whats a Windows Phone? LOL
57. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Nice joke buddy, nice one..
14. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Meh, I think it might be just something benign like when you receive a call from a business it shows a picture or something like that. Whatev, no big deal, yo.
Bring it on.
16. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I understand ads are where Google makes their money... but the dialing app? Come on!
20. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Why people miss the disable option on the code?
Also how does this work? Does anyone has a clue?
Here is a possibility that Google could be using the adds in the new business search feature (witch picks up local places phone number for you to dial) and not if you use it to call your contact or regular people....
28. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm sayin!! I was thinking of getting me one of them Samsung android phones when I switch companies but this a total turn off. I don't want to be seeing no ads when I go to make a call, shoot I don't even watch commershals on tv. Maybe I'll just keep my phone after all, I gots to change my company though cuz I can't take my triflin service no morre.
33. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Eh, a choice based on a piece of code that currently not active and only exist within one phone and can be disabled...well who am I to judge people anyways
37. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Oh, I didn't read the disabling part. That I'm definitely gonna do. But whats my best choice in phones. I'm probably gonna go with them Verizon people, sound like they much better. A friend a mine said I can still get an individual plan without all that families share business.
Can't wait for my Christmas, Santa gonna be good and sweet to me this year. Yes he is!
19. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I think what it means is that if you're trying to dial, for example, a fast-food store, then suggestions would pop up. there are ads now in Google Maps now and they aren't too obtrusive at all; knowing Google I expect the same from the dialer app.
23. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
that's what I'm thinking too which is very logical. people nowadays are very pessimist don't you think?
25. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This is related to the local search (a 4.4 feature ) you get to call places (local places) without having to go to another app (calling the nearest pizza hut for example)
27. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
34. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Thos aren't really paid ads. Its more like a useful feature to see local business. Plus you can disable it if you don't like it so Idk what's the problem here
39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Did nobody read the article or look at the second picture? Seriously, the third sentence in the article says there is a way to disable it, and the second picture obviously shows there is a disabling option. Come on guys, at least put SOME effort into reading the article instead of just looking at the title and crying about misinformed nonsense in the comment section.
PA, please change the title to recognize there is an option to turn it off, because apparently 90% of your "readers" only look at the title. Just add the word "optional" between "show" and "ads". This is ridiculous.
43. ZombieHunter (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)
There may be a way to disable it................. for now.....
46. alan_1230 (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
My nexus 5 is in Ontario ca 1 hour away from my house hurry up ups!!!!
49. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
There's several alternative dialers in the play store. Right now I'm using RocketDial which looks comparable to the stock dialer in Kitkat.
52. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
In this thread:
Fangirls of any other OS desperately trying to cannibalize this news lifespan with irrational statements.
Fangirls should read articles all the way if they're considering to put their fat fingers to work; better yet, they should at least try to see all the images if they're that lazy.
54. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1903; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
This AD Bullshyt, is getting out of control...smh...