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KitKat dialer could show ads

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KitKat dialer could show ads
Inside the new KitKat dialer APK is some code that suggests that ads are coming to the dialer. There is nothing in the code that tells us if we are talking about huge picture ads, or smaller ads comprised only of text.  Luckily, the code also suggests that there will be a way to disable the ads. The dialer in Android 4.4 is getting some love for the first time in, well, ever.

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.


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.

source: +RonAmadeo

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posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:26 35

1. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Android 5.0 - audio adds during calls...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:15 13

26. jove39 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


May be while phone is ringing...google will play adds :)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:29 15

29. GTR722 (Posts: 267; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Google becomes worse every year....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:45 4

31. blazee (Posts: 414; 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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:30 10

40. bucky (Posts: 3040; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


And they call iPhone users sheep.....

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:13 4

42. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


The code shows you can turn the feature off, idk where you see the problem.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:35 10

45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:56 1

47. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Ads are better for making money.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 23:17

56. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well the update says otherwise

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 07:50 1

58. boosook (Posts: 1442; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 12:18

61. xtremesv (Posts: 298; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:09 1

62. bucky (Posts: 3040; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Or an ad everywhere...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:33 14

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


If this is true, you can always use a replacement dialer.

That's the beauty of Android

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:35 10

3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Or get an ad blocker.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:39 5

5. avasponge (Posts: 44; Member since: 03 May 2012)


or disable them

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:39 2

6. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:42 5

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 2575; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Can you point me to one in the play store?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57574213-94/google-yanks-ad-blocker-apps-from-google-play/

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:44 1

30. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Loading...

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:46 4

32. gust3r3u (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


so not in play store .. plenty of other stores out there !

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 18:54 1

41. stealthd (unregistered)


You could also just buy another phone

That's the beauty of having other options

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 20:18 2

48. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Adaway, just google it.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:38 15

4. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Lol enjoy this slippery slope Android users.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:43 18

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

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 07:54 3

59. boosook (Posts: 1442; 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:41 1

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Or root your phone and get those out of the way

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:43 6

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 2575; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Does rooting void your warranty?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:44 2

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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 16:45 5

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 2575; 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..

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:01 7

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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:07 3

22. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


but not all phones are supported by one-click root though

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