Google is working on putting a stop to unsolicited calls for its smartphone users. In a recent update, Google has introduced a Truecaller-like caller ID feature for Android One and Nexus users. The new feature will allow users see useful information about callers or businesses not in their contact list. Additionally, the feature will also automatically detect potential spam calls and provide users an option to block or report the contact details of spammers or any unwanted caller. Also Read - Google Photos free storage ends on June 1: What should Android and iPhone users do after that?Also Read - Android 12 leak hints at a major design revamp, better privacy features and more
The Google smartphones will have the Caller ID feature switched on by default, nevertheless a user can choose to turn it off by going into the more option in the Phone app and toggle off the Caller ID and spam protection feature. However, Google warns, this feature may not apply to all devices because Android isn’t exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. Also Read - Here's how US based Google Pay users can send money to India
Nexus and Android One users that use the feature will be notified with warnings like suspected spam caller or spam for contacts that Google identifies as spam.
Although it is not clear how Google plans to identify the potentially unwanted calls, it would negate the need for users to download third-party caller ID apps like Trucaller. However, Google does mention in its blog that to use caller ID & spam protection, a user s phone may need to send information about calls to Google. Which means Google will have open access to the calls a user makes and receives.
With every new feature and update, Google s reach into people s devices and lives seems to be getting deeper. Last month, Google launched a new dashboard called My Activity , which shows all the online activities and online movement made by a user, such as search history, video searches and places they visited.
It is slightly worrying to see how much data Google has in store about a user and their online activity. Though it is well known that Google collects tons of user information in order to show personalized ads, this new caller ID feature also gives Google access to details of users and the people they contact.