Facebook has maintained its ability to remain relevant online since it was launched a couple of years ago. The platform, which is the biggest social media network in the world, with over 1.4 billion users, now wants to replace the default dialer on your Android phone with a new app, which it calls “Hello.”
The company on Wednesday launched Hello, which it hoped would replace the default dialer on your Android phone. The new app is closely tied to your Facebook account, which of course, is not a surprise. Even if you don’t have a caller’s number list, the caller ID data will still be pulled in. With the new app, you will be able to make calls and send messages via Messenger instead of your cellular connection.
Hello is Facebook’s response to a failed attempt at Home launcher. To ensure its latest effort succeeds and does not end up the same way as its Home launcher, the company has added a feature that offers you the ability to automatically block calls from numbers that have been blocked by some other people. It is Facebook’s perfect gift for users who have been concerned about spam and how to bring an end to it. According to The Verge, these calls are simply sent to voicemail instead of being properly blocked by Facebook.
While the unwanted call block feature is a positive step especially for users who are constantly being bombarded with calls from telemarketers, it remains to be seen if the idea of sending it straight to voicemail won’t get some users discouraged.
The new app also promotes free calling over Wi-Fi using VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, which could be another way to encourage more people to download and install it from the Google Play Store where it is available for free. Though, this feature has always been a part of Facebook’s Messenger, it may start attracting more usage inside the dialer. Another attractive feature is one that allows you to respond to a miss call via the Facebook Messenger.
Hello uses Google’s Material Design principles, and is highly organized into four main tabs: recent calls, the dialer, contacts, and settings. When you receive a call from a new number, Facebook attempts to match it with a user profile. Once a match has been found, and the user has chosen to let Facebook users find them by their phone number, the person’s face and a miniature profile will pop up on your phone. We have another article about Facebook and what they have been up to look here. Facebook’s New Messenger App