Google testing new navigation bar for its Android dialer app

The new navigation bar sits at the bottom of the screen and adds text label for in-app shortcuts.

  • Published: February 20, 2018 1:08 PM IST

Google is reportedly testing a new navigation bar feature for its phone dialer app which brings the in-app shortcuts to the bottom of the screen. The Google Phone app is a customized version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) dialer.

The newest feature is available in the version 17 of the Google Phone dialer app. However, if you want to gain access to the new feature, you will have to root your device. Here’s what the new navigation bar offers.

Tested by XDA Developers, the new Google Phone design brings the in-app shortcuts such as Contacts, History, Speed Dial, and gets a new VoiceMail tab at the bottom of the screen. The UI of the bottom bar retains the current design’s iconography, however, it now gets text labels for better identification.

There is a new hidden option in the app’s overflow menu that adds a shortcut to Android’s home screen. Once you tap on this shortcut, the new Google Phone interface is revealed.

Image: XDA Developers

Google’s addition of the redesigned navigation bar is part of the company’s newest efforts at ensuring the Google Phone does not turn stagnate. The app has been updated with a number of features in the recent times. These include real-time spam protection, caller ID, call blocking, visual voicemail (with transcription support on some carriers), and a local directory feature which shows you search results for phone numbers which are not in your contact list.

Last week, the company added a redesigned floating bubble that adds buttons to mute the microphone, end an ongoing call, and toggle for speakerphone.

  • Published Date: February 20, 2018 1:08 PM IST