Get the new Pixel Dialer app for Marshmallow and Nougat devices here

Another bite-sized taster from the Google Pixel and Pixel XL comes to us in the form of an update for the Google Phone app, compatible with Android devices running 6.0 Marshmallow and up. If you want to try it out for yourself, we've got the links for you, but first – a short run-down of what's new in this version of the app.

At first glance, not much has changed in Google Phone 5.1. The UI is largely the same, despite the slightly altered color palette, and is still divided in three separate tabs for favorites, history, and contacts, which also remain visually untouched from previous versions. The main differences become apparent when making and receiving calls, and come in the form of various UI tweaks and refreshments, rather than substantial functional changes.

The on-call screens, both for outgoing and incoming calls, have been redesigned to feature a translucent blue background, through which the home screen wallpaper can be partially seen. Incoming calls now show the caller's contact photo as the answer/reject button, which can be swiped either up or down, instead of left or right, for answering or rejecting calls respectively. The button also shakes up and down in sync with the device's vibration when ringing.

If you want to take Google's updated Phone app for a whirl, do keep in mind that it has to be set as the default caller app in order to work properly. This can be done by going to Settings > Apps, and making sure that it is set as the default “Phone app”.

Google Phone 5.1 is available for Nexus devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up, while the patched version of the app should work just fine on any other phone running either Marshmallow or Nougat. No rooting needed for installing this one, just download the APK on your device and allow installation of apps from unknown sources from Settings.

There are currently three known bugs in this version:

  • Caller ID doesn't work
  • Individual calls cannot be deleted from call log
  • Application freezes for some users while interacting with settings in the app.




2. LilJokr unregistered

Was gonna download it until I saw those three bugs. I'll just wait until they're all sorted out.

3. iFartarena

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Pichai called Jony Ive? Wtf!!!


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

As of yet, I've found no way to set this as the default dialer on the LG G5. This pretty much makes it completely useless.

5. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Individual calls CAN be deleted in call log. Tap "more info" then delete from there.

6. Pigaro

Posts: 90; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone phone dialer is better than this crap

7. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Samsung one is better.

8. curtlee313

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2017

Now i am using Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I like the dialer of this phone. But when it comes Google Pixel phone. It is more rich in features as well as it can used to get quality experience. I am feeling very good to be here. I have written an post about how to block ads in apps. check it here.

9. rohanmishra841

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2017

It installed but the caller screen doesn't changes

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