Microsoft is developing a dialer app for Android, it's coming this December

Microsoft is developing a dialer app for Android, it's coming this December
Despite that it's a competitor to Google, Microsoft has published a handful of Android apps to the Play Store. After allowing just any Android user to give a spin to its Next Lock Screen, its Office suite of apps, its voice assistant Cortana, and an Android launcher, the Redmond-based tech giant is now entertaining the idea of releasing its home-developed dialer app for Google's platform. 

Dubbed Dialer, the app is said to be developed by the Microsoft team responsible for Skype and is currently being field-tested in India. Judging from the screenshot we laid our eyes one, Microsoft Dialer looks just like your average Android dialer app if we've ever seen one. Still, Redmond's solution might come with a few interesting features: it won't be merely a phone replacement app, but will also enable users to call other parties via cellular networks, 2G and 3G ones included. 

The other party will also need to have the app installed for this feature to work, of course. If they don't, you can still call them the old-fashioned way. Additionally, Microsoft Dialer will allow its users to search for people's or nearby's venues phone numbers and give them a call from within the app. You will also be able to block spam callers on the fly, since the app will be fetching real-time information about the person calling you.

The app is allegedly coming in the first half of December 2015, but rumor has it Microsoft will be releasing a public beta sometime next month.


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9 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Interesting.

2. Benoit

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think Microsoft is building an android distribution, but don't tell anybody :o

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol..its funny how things changed, MS went from throwing mud at Google to this. I do believe in the end MS realize that with the license fees they get for Android its better right now to have Android around instead of competing so hard against them. if Win Mo 10 doesnt take off in the next few years...I see MS exiting the mobile phone hardware business. All this Android love is their Plan B. IMO...

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I personally think what they offer with WinMo 10 is too valuable to drop altogether, their timing is just off: they were too late to the current smartphone game, and it's still too early for the "full-PC" aspect to really matter. I could see them keeping it dormant for a few years (in active development but not marketed to the general populace) until hardware advancements make it feasible for Contuum to have a major impact.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree....they were right there with the HTC HD2. Dont know what happened but they should have never let Android get so popular. Google took the MS playbook and outdid MS with it. The HD2 and Droid 1 launched at damn near the same time. MS was right there....but still missed the boat. Even with the big screen phones. Its amazing when you think about it.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

What PA horrible writing skills fail to mention is that the 'rumor' of this app also comes with the info that it will head to Win10 as well.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Might replace my horrible Lenovo K920 default dialer with this if its prove to be better in handling between IDD calls and displaying its contact ID. K920 is the first phone i use that has such issue, no problem with my Samsung devices.

10. dkt484

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

i think ms is playing a smart game by making android users stick to ms apps and making them feel that all apps are in windows as these are from ms and then converting them into windows users

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hoho, this could be their gateway to making Skype on Android similar to what Facetime on iOS does and what Skype on Windows Phone does; transition from audio call to video call with the tap of a button...neat idea, but it better not be demanding I put my non-Skype contacts in the hands of Microsoft. That can be easily avoided by giving the option to link individual Skype contacts.

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