The Google Phone dialer now works with many non-Nexus devices

The Google Phone dialer now works with many non-Nexus devices
Google has been slowly making its own apps as the default stock options for Android -- Chrome, Calendar, Gmail, Maps, Messenger -- and there's also the Phone app, aka the dialer, which is a great app but has only been available on Nexus devices. That appears to be changing under the radar though, so you might be able to use the Google Phone app yourself.

The update seems to have been pushed out a couple weeks ago, but people are just starting to notice the changes recently. Word has it that the Phone app from Google can be successfully installed on a number of devices including the HTC 10, LG G5, Galaxy S7, OnePlus One, LG G4, Nextbit Robin, LG V10, One A9, Moto X Pure, and more. So, you can head to the Play Store to see for yourself if you can install the Phone app on your device. 

Most manufacturers push out their own version of the dialer for their devices, but Google's is a solid option mostly because it has Google Search built in. This means it will automatically match incoming and outgoing numbers to places in the Google database, and it also means you can search for places directly in the dialer rather than going through Google Maps or Search, which is very nice. 

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31 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This was built into my OnePlus One before, but it was replaced with Cyanogen's custom TrueDialer, which is great for what it offers (when controlled via XPrivacy); basically takes caller ID to the next level. Can that be integrated with Google Dialer? Or can Google Dialer Work for dialing while the built-in TrueDialer still provide's it's benefit?

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Got it installed on my Galaxy S7 Edge and it's way better than Samsung's dialer. Thanks PA!

3. Brodrick30

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Does clicking on calls in the settings freezes n restarts the app for you?

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Note 5, crashes as well when clicking on "calls" in the settings menu.

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Sorry dunno mine doesn't have "calls" in the settings menu.

6. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Doesn't work on my S7 edge

9. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Same here.

12. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Yes it does... I have been using it on S7E for weeks now.

14. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

We are saying it isn't available for our devices. Maybe it's a region thing.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

Might be, I installed this yesterday and it works just fine for me.

20. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It is based on Region. I can't use it either on my S7 edge.

25. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Is the S7E you are referring to unlocked? I have the T-Mobile version and it will not install.

26. TerryTerius unregistered

Mine is on T-Mobile, and it works fine for me here in Atlanta.

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

lol... Samsung customized android so much that even a dialer won't work. Google will eventually fix, although the real purpose here is that almost all the basic components of android are now apps, this means you can take whatever chinese phone and almost turn it into a Nexus, regardless of if your manufacturer updates or not. You will lose the major features of new OS releases, but at least apps will be up to date and bug free.

24. epdm2be

Posts: 815; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No, they didn't. I can use other dialers without a problem. Touchpalcontacts, DW dialer and exDialer all work just fine. This is shoddy programming from google. And I'm using an S5 on Kitkat (i hare the new all white UI that drains battery faster than a speeding bullet)

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1165; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yeah that's why the newer devices which give you the Theme Store (S6 and newer) are awesome. Material Dark (+ Good Lock + Google Launcher) makes it look almost like a Nexus.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Doesn't work for me at all.

10. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

No go on the Note 4. Ineligible device. Shucks. I wish I could get the apk.

11. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

NM.. found it.. gonna side-load.

13. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Using it at G4.

15. radio2200

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I installed the app on my Note 5, and yes, it craves when I click on calls, but even more confusing is later when I went to install on another Note 5 its said version wasn't available. Both notes are up-to-date.

18. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 635; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Google should've made this compatible with older versions of Android. Not everyone wants their phone updated to Lollic**k or to wade in the perilous depths of the Marsh...

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lollipop sucks, that's a given. Marshmallow is better.

22. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 635; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I could deal with Marshmallow if Google would shove it with their verified boot which makes full system flashes mandatory for rooting and subsequent OTA's

23. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Alas... the Google dialer wasn't supposed to work on non-Nexus devices and Google blocked it again http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/05/14/google-has-updated-the-google-dialer-to-block-sideloading-on-non-nexus-devices/

28. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone Dialer is already . And Am not sure it will work here in Ghana

29. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone Dialer is already good . And Am not sure it will work here in Ghana

30. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone Dialer is already good . And Am not sure it will work here in Ghana

31. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone Dialer is already good . And Am not sure it will work here in Ghana

32. Pigaro

Posts: 80; Member since: May 15, 2016

My phone Dialer is already good . And Am not sure it will work here in Ghana

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