KitKat dialer could show ads

KitKat dialer could show ads
Inside the new KitKat dialer APK is some code that suggests that ads are coming to the dialer. There is nothing in the code that tells us if we are talking about huge picture ads, or smaller ads comprised only of text.  Luckily, the code also suggests that there will be a way to disable the ads. The dialer in Android 4.4 is getting some love for the first time in, well, ever.

With the new KitKat dialer, the contacts list will be prioritized based on the people you speak to the most. You will be able to search for phone numbers from local businesses. Caller ID will search for incoming numbers not in your contacts list with a list of business numbers, and will also call up a Google Maps listing if the call does originate from a business. The new dialer features a card based UI similar to what you see with Google Now.


source: +RonAmadeo, AndroidPolice via AndroidAuthority

UPDATE: Ron Amadeo has updated his Google+ page and has spread the word that the code found on the KitKat dialer's APK is old code and the good news is that Google is not-repeat NOT-planning on putting ads on the dialer. Perhaps this was a trial balloon, who knows? But regardless, no one on the consumer end liked the idea, it is not happening, and we can all now breathe a little better.

source: +RonAmadeo

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62 Comments

1. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Android 5.0 - audio adds during calls...

26. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

May be while phone is ringing...google will play adds :)

29. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Google becomes worse every year....

31. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

What are you talking about hownarevthey getting worse? Its gonna show you local places like in Google now. Those aren't really ads more like a useful feature

40. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And they call iPhone users sheep.....

42. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

The code shows you can turn the feature off, idk where you see the problem.

56. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well the update says otherwise

58. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I think that, since we can get a phone which is much better than the iphone at half the price (I'm talking about the nexus 5) and an os that's more advanced than iOS for free, we can tolerate an ad every now and then.

62. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Or an ad everywhere...

45. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ads being displayed in the dialer might be a bit of an overreach. I would definitely pay to not have the ads displayed - I need to use the dialer to dial a phone number I want to call, not have some POS ad display. There are ample areas to display ads, the dialer should be an ad-free zone.

47. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Ads are better for making money.

61. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

If one day I saw an ad on my dialer or my contacts list, I'd immediately go out to get a Windows Phone or iPhone.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

If this is true, you can always use a replacement dialer. That's the beauty of Android

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Or get an ad blocker.

5. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

or disable them

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

30. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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32. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

so not in play store .. plenty of other stores out there !

48. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Adaway, just google it.

6. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

If there is a such thing..there will be option to disable.if google want that much money they would charge for everyphone releasing with android.

41. stealthd unregistered

You could also just buy another phone That's the beauty of having other options

4. bigstrudel

Posts: 609; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Lol enjoy this slippery slope Android users.

11. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

and you enjoy the rocky road with a million humps user of the less capable iOS

59. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Enjoy the fact that you can buy one iphone for the price of two nexus 5. And still have a phone and an OS that aren't as capable and powerful as the N5.

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Or root your phone and get those out of the way

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Does rooting void your warranty?

12. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

It does. Make sure you know what you're doing so it don't get bricked.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I'll go ahead and send instructions to my grandma on how to root her phone so she doesn't see the ads. Gimme a few..

17. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Actually even your grandma could do it. Search for one-click root programs. Plug in your phone, press the root button and...voila! There you go. I rooted my phone using the exact same method.

22. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

but not all phones are supported by one-click root though

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