How to dial contacts quickly on Android

How to dial contacts quickly on Android
The amount of fine work that goes into crafting a proprietary Android UI will never cease to amaze us. With literally every Android manufacturer's custom layout, you can expect not just different sets of functionality, but different approaches to the same common tasks. And few things are as common as you having to dial somebody.

Calls are the foundation on which the smartphones of today are built on, yet, somehow, phone makers often mess this one up — sometimes significantly. Whether it's their disorganized look, non-intuitive controls (or lack of), or some other gripe, it's fair to say that getting the app with the little green (or blue!) phone icon right isn't that simple. One of our biggest complaints, for example, is some Android UIs' insistence on always defaulting to the dial tab, regardless of where you left off. That's a peculiar (to put it nicely) decision on the part of phone vendors, for we're far past remembering individual numbers, let alone to a dozen of our contacts. Worse yet, in most cases, it's a select few people we spend most of our time talking to over the phone.

So defaulting to the dailer page (raise hands if your phone does this) isn't really a smart idea, but thankfully, there's something you can do to speed up the process and avoid having to switch to another tab and then hunt down the person you're looking to give a mouthful to. It's what we call T9-style dialing, and it's okay if you've never heard of it. It has, after all, been a long time since was last talked about T9 keyboards. 

Here's how it works:

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16 Comments

1. AntonioBanderas

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 21, 2015

Is it for free?

9. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

This has been around for ever. I remember this on the original Droid, HTC Incredible, Galaxy S 1. How is this new?

2. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

Sick of Xiaomi always copying Apple. Proves that Apple is the king of smartphones!

3. AntonioBanderas

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 21, 2015

I agree with you Apple is the king of smartphones. but Xiaomi can show us the most cheapest price. it's very hard for us to distinguish who copy from who.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple copied almost everything with the iphone, because apple as not the first with a smartphone!

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Multi account already? Lol Man, bobbybuster really has nothing smarter to do in his life.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

BLAH! that avatar is going to give me nightmares.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Oh, look who's back. gtfo

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sick of Apple copying Google and other Android OEMs.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Except Apple iOS 7 is a copy of MIUI 5. http://en.miui.com/thread-4101-1-1.html

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So what did Peter say ? Is he coming ?

7. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Lol.....

8. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Nothing new here that Is what I use the call my contacts who has time to go through all there contacts although Sony Xperia has the best contact list layout

13. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

This feature is called smart dialling and manufacturers have been integrating it for a long time while android got it natively in android 4.3.

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

'Okay, Google.' 'Call mom'.

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think smart dial is a very old feature and it was introduced in phones even before Android cameout. You should also note that if you have contacts in 2 different languages then you should download a 3rd party dialer app that can handle both language letters on its T-9 .

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