Facebook Hello dialer for Android wants to make your smartphone smarter

Facebook Hello dialer for Android wants to make your smartphone smarter
Facebook seems to think that your Android phone is rather bad at being... well, at being a phone. That's why the company today launched its very own dialer app for Android (we already knew that this would eventually arrive). Called Hello, the new dialer connects with Facebook in order to make your handset "smarter" and "great at being a phone."

By gathering info from both your phone and your Facebook profile, Hello lets you see who's calling (even when you don't have certain numbers saved in your phone), search for places and people on Facebook, and even block unwanted calls. When someone calls you, their latest Facebook profile photo and updated info (including birthdays) show up on the screen. Moreover, the new dialer app offers free calling and texting via Facebook Messenger.

You can download Hello for free from Google Play starting now (see the first source link below). Facebook didn't say when, or if it's planning to make the app available on iPhone or Windows Phone.

Will you give Facebook Hello a try? Do you think it can be better than Google's dialer app, or other popular dialers that have been around for years?




sources: Hello (Google Play download link), Facebook

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7 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

And Samsung will this bloat by default in note 5 to take up another 200 MB RAM.

5. tarun.parashar

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

ahaha very well said brother.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So, it does exactly what my Xperia dialer has been doing since 2011, once you log on with your Facebook account....

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can't imagine anyone would want to give Facebook anymore personal information

4. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Please FB stay away from this kind of stuff, this goes in the same bin as your launcher.

6. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

The stock Android launcher is doing pretty good. You get the name and the info of every unknown number, if it is found on the web. You can also call any restaurant or company by just asking.

7. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Right, I would of course want FB to know whenever any of my contacts (both work and private) are calling me or I them, and to add the contacts I don't have on FB to their data on me.

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