Google helps Android users fight spam calls
Google, like any other company that is interested in the success of its product, tries to provide it with some special features. Not without them and Google Pixel. Among such functions at different times were Google Camera and even Google Phone. Now it’s time to let the bird out of its cage and Google is ready to share its brainchild. This is already good in itself, but in addition to this, the application will receive a “verified calls” function, which will allow you to effectively deal with unwanted calls. It remains only to understand how it will all work and on which smartphones this application can be installed. We will enjoy later, but for now let’s see what we are talking about.
Google apps are really in high demand among users. The reason for this is very simple – over time, even the strangest of them began to work quickly, simply and efficiently. And also, since Google is literally everything in the modern world (for better or worse, we will discuss in a separate article), its applications integrate perfectly with our lives.
Google launched verified SMS in Messages for Android last year to help reduce spam. The Google Phone app now supports Verified Calls as the dialer officially becomes available for many other non-Pixel devices.
If there are people who do not experience phone spam, then there are slightly more than zero. All due to the fact that this method of unwanted advertising has now become the most relevant and convenient for advertisers. Let no one listen to them, but they find their client. And do not forget about scammers who call people in order to take possession of their money or valuable data in one way or another.
All this leads to the fact that people often simply do not answer calls from unknown numbers and often miss important calls because of this. Not only does Google think this is bad, but it also cares about stores that really need to get through to you. This is the meaning of the function that will be applied in users’ smartphones.
” Verified Calls ” is Google’s solution whereby users see a blue shield icon with a check mark, company name, logo, and number. This is already enough for users to understand whether it is worth answering, but besides this, there will be one more mark that will contain the reason for the call. Such reasons may include the need to confirm a transaction, food delivery, or a change in departure time for travelers.
This affects not only the comfort of subscribers, but also their safety . So, for example, banks can increase the number of responses when they call to report a fraudulent scheme or an attempted attack on a customer’s bank account. I’m talking about those cases when banks call, and not scammers posing as bank employees. It’s just that they won’t be able to get through to you so easily.
How not to miss an important call
I missed important calls from the car service a couple of times when I ordered some rare spare part and then forgot about it. Especially when several days passed and there was a period especially rich in spammers. Special applications helped to cope with this, such as a determinant from Kaspersky. They also answer the question of who is calling you. Moreover, in the phone which fell into nowhere, such a function was at the system level. Now everything will be easier and a similar function should work fine as a native tool in Android smartphones.
Google will take care of whether the caller is a spammer. She will check it against the database of numbers and warn you in case of a potentially unpleasant situation. According to the company, this feature “substantially increases the number of responses”, as in the case of a confirmed SMS.
This, in turn, helps to reduce business costs for those who provide services or sell goods and make life more comfortable for ordinary users.
Confirmed calls in the Google Phone app are being rolled out first in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and India. Other countries will follow. The company even launched a special page where companies interested in cooperation with this service could get additional information regarding participation in the project.
Meanwhile, Google is officially bringing the Phone app to many other non-Pixel devices . The application is already available for certain devices in some countries, and users can download it on Google Play. Android One and Go devices already have it preinstalled. Launch will be limited to select devices running Android 9 and above for the time being. This includes flagships from Samsung and LG.