Here's a look at the refreshed Dialer for Android 4.4.3

Here's a look at the refreshed Dialer for Android 4.4.3
Android 4.4.3 is a pretty small update, as evidenced by the fact that the version number rose by just 0.0.1. The update adds the usual bug fixes, security updates, and stability updates, as well as promising to "improve the power profile", which sounds like it could lead to better battery life. The one outward-facing update is a refreshed UI for the Dialer app.

What you'll find in the Dialer app in Android 4.4.3 is actually the same as the leaked Dialer images that we saw back in April. The update is what you'd expect from a Google update these days, making the experience more visual. Right off the bat, you'll notice that your favorites/recent contacts list has been redesigned to be a grid of images. This not only makes it look better, but it removes the annoyance of accidentally swiping away a contact as you try to learn that this Dialer doesn't use the same swipe gesture navigation as the previous version. Now, to remove a contact requires a long-press, though there is no indication of how to do that, you just have to figure it out. 

The actual keypad is no longer a dark panel that slides up, but a separate screen with blue numbers on a white background. The icons for unknown numbers have been redesigned as well. Overall, it is a nice update, though we would have preferred a return to the options for swiping to the left to get to recents and to the right for contacts. Given how ubiquitous swipe gestures are, it's a shame Google changed that. 


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48 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Truely marvelous. This is why Android rules. Just look at that georgeous font and shadows. Those numbers look so clear and crisp. Truely original and not copied from anyone.

2. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

I actualy agree with you Troll.. +1

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao That was so funny Hahaha

41. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

ahahahaha

4. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Yeah sure Fandroid.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Says the iJelly

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Give him a Jell-O.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Your avatar could be a perfect new Apple logo! Apple shape could represent Apple as a company. Troll face could represent Apple patent wars. Rainbow colours could represent Tim Cook. :D

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha must have struck a nerve because he changed it

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Quickly after my comment Ninetysix changed his avatar - probably he no more likes it! :D Ninetysix if you like your previous avatar you can keep it I promise that I will not laugh at you it is your choice. I PROMISE! :)

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao +1

44. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Now that was funny PAuser Lmao

45. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thanks! :)

6. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Your sarcasm is futile, the truth about Apple stealing is out in the open now, iSh33ps can't handle it they troll android articles now lol...watch how Apple will stealthily include this dialer in iOS 8 beta updates overtime.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yeah..LOL. iPhone users will get the new kitkat features faster than Android OEMs. Maybe it'll help kitkat get out of the single digit market share :) https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

14. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

With Android on over 20x more phones than Apple I would hope so otherwise Apple is slackin hardcore. You iDrones forget it's up to the OEMs to push the latest update, not Google

17. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

If all Android are Nexus devices, that'll be 95% adoption of Kit kat, in Android world we have options and users are able to choose whichever OEM they prefer according to their needs, OEM and networks can be slow in updates but NOT Google. Google engineers worked really hard for all those features for Android and for Apple to come and steal them just like that is not fair. The only thing Apple does since day one is steal others ideas, manipulate a bit and bupitty baboodoo ba it becomes their invention and patented. Shameless iFruit!

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What's more epic is and lmfao, that it took 4 flipping years for Apple to use half of Androids features on IOs8 Wth. 4 years, and your complaining about Kk....

32. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If u still count number of KitKat phones and ios7.1.1 phone, KitKat would still out number them :)

38. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Its easy to copy when you have competitors like Google, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG etc.. Each one making Android user experience better.. Apple has so many options to steal from...

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's erny from sesame street I love grover

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You're trying too hard.

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Cry me a river, iWannabe.

29. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple invented dialers so they copied it from them. Also I invented speed dial. Obviously android stealing my idea!!! LOL

31. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Even though u may have tried to use scarsacm, I give u +1for saying truth :)

42. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Clear and crisp is reserved for phones that have a DPI beyond apples retina lameness. So yeah, new it looks like.

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

but I have sprint and theyonly use their dialers i have gs3 with stock kitkat 4.4.2

3. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

iOS 8 > Android 4.4.3

10. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Google > apple

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You forget that we're coming due for an Android 5.0. And Google I/O is later this month. ;)

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