Published on August 1st, 2016 📆 | 8565 Views ⚑
Google Nexus Phones With Spam Call Protection Updates
Google is updating the Phone app that is involved in their Nexus devices to include spam protection against unwanted calls. The latest version of the app will aware user as a call is coming in if it may be a “suspected” spam caller and then let the user take extra actions on it. If users incorrectly mark a call as spam, they can later reverse it.
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers," the company said in a Google+ post.
Usually the call screen is blue, but this time, the incoming call screen will be red and there will also be a message on the screen saying “suspected spam caller.” The user will have the ability to report and block these spam numbers as well. There will also be a choice in our call log to report any number as spam and block it.
Nexus devices already have caller ID that indicates companies using Google My Business items, and references directories to show caller info from work or school accounts. For those features to work, Google notes that "your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google," apparently it can add the info to a database.
To find the setting for it, the user just opens the Phone app, tap the 3-dot menu button for More options, and then click on the Caller ID & spam protection section. If a user already has Caller ID permitted in the Phone app on their Nexus, we will automatically get the spam protection once we receive the newest update, which should start presenting up today.
Though there are plenty of apps that offer protection from spam callers on the Play Store, it is always good to have the feature built-in and managed straight by Google.
The way the feature workings recommends Google will consider information provided by users to mark certain numbers as spam. This kind of crowd-sourcing caller information is already used by the True caller, a European startup that allows users view the individuality of callers who are not in their contact lists. As per Phone Arena, though, Google is likely also using an established list of spam numbers based on Google Voice, which has used spam filtering for years.