Google Dialer was only available on Nexus and Google Play devices, until now

Google Dialer was only available on Nexus and Google Play devices, until now
If you have a Moto X, or if you have loaded up a custom ROM of Android 4.4 onto your device, you might have noticed that one of our favorite features of KitKat hasn't been fully available on your device: the new Google Dialer. If you're running Android 4.4 on a device other than a Nexus or Google Play experience device, you're actually getting the worst possible experience.

The worst part of the new Dialer is the UI, which has inexplicably been altered to remove the Holo theme swiping between call history, contacts, and the dialer. This means that those of us who have become accustomed to swiping will constantly be swiping away favorite contacts rather than switching panes. The best part of the Dialer is the integrated Google Search and Internet-assisted Caller ID, but it looks like those features are actually exclusive to Nexus devices and Google Play experience devices. You won't find them on a Moto X or in a custom KitKat ROM, because it isn't part of the Android Open Source Project. It is a closed-source app, just like other Google Apps. 

But, there is now an option to sideload the Dialer and get that Google integration, at least if you are on a rooted device running a KitKat ROM. If you try loading up the Google Dialer on a non-rooted device, you won't be able to make calls, which theoretically is the primary function of a Dialer app. However, if you are running an Android 4.4 ROM and have root, you can get all of the features. Just head to the source for the download links and instructions.

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10 Comments

1. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Nice! I do love the new dialer, its one of my favorite 4.4 Features. Btw, i'll just hide this in this Post but i have 3 Glass invites to give away if anyone wants one and has the 1500 (and live in the US)

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ain't nobody got money for that!

6. Sendhelps

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I would GLADLY take an invite off your hands!!

7. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@Sendhelps, cool i'll need your gmail address and first and last name to submit to google. My email is in my profile, just send me an email with it

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Michael, why don't you guys ever put the download link directly in the article?

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Wow, I thought that the dialler on my cyanogemod 11 was the same as the kitkat... Downloaded and it is working perfectly

5. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

One thing is missing, there was a Statistics panel that has gone...

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So much for being open

9. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Art thou irate, brethren?

10. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

There's plenty of dialers in the play store.

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