Bye, bye, dialer shortcut! Android M will probably come with a slightly revamped lockscreen

Bye, bye, dialer shortcut! Android M will probably come with a slightly revamped lockscreen
The developer preview of Android M is already here and it's giving us a pretty good understanding of what features the final release will sport. Indeed, we are slowly digging in the upcoming Android flavor, searching high and low for new features and they slowly come to surface, but then again, some are hidden in plain sight.

Be honest, how often do you pay attention to the lockscreen shortcuts on your phone? Chances are that you are dismissing this screen as fast as possible. Normally, we do the same, but it turns out that Google hid one of the many new features straight on the lockscreen in Android M.

With Lollipop, we lost lockscreen widgets, but got two handy shortcuts - apart from unlocking your device, you can easily go to your dialer or camera by swiping the lockscreen left or right. Well, it seems that Google is not keen on the dialer shortcut anymore - in the developer preview of Android M, it is substituted for a neat shortcut to Google Voice Search.

The message is clear - Montain View will put even more emphasis on voice-conducted searches and Google Now with the M release.



1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Wait for patriot gang owned by Bobby the builder CEO start hating on this

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2. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

The bigger question about this android M update is how the other OEM will implement all these changes

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 505; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

It would be better if they allowed us to put custom shortcuts on the lockscreen.


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Agree! Custom shortcuts on the lockscreen sounds better. I believe the dialer shortcut is really handy for emergency situations.

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

This! How hard could it be to add another settings item?

5. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Okay, J.A.R.V.I.S.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

right! lol

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

WOW! I take it! I rarely make phone calls but I will do multiple searches of stuff everyday so this is a huge win

8. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Well here in Sense 7, i have lollipop's lockscreen with custom shortcut out of the box! Thanks HTC

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Several lock screen apps can do it too.

12. Elfmonster unregistered

I always used icons on the lock screen until Google and Samsung ripped away that option.

13. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

you can use voice for calling someone anyways

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