Facebook launches Hello, a new dialer for Android

What stock software on your Android smartphone do you end up replacing? The browser? Sure, there are plenty of good alternate options out there. The launcher? A bit more in the power-user camp, but sure – why not? Some of us even see fit to replace the dialers on our phones, and today we see the arrival of a new option for those who choose to do so, as Facebook releases Hello for Android.

Hello’s big selling points are the degree of control it gives you over screening calls. By connecting to your Facebook contacts it can not only identify callers, but remind you of relevant events going on in their lives right now – to give you a heads-up as to why they might be calling.

You’ll also find the ability to easily block unwanted calls, and access a database of commonly blocked numbers to preemptively ignore their calls. And for times when you’re not yet sure who you should call, Hello has integrated search to connect you with the appropriate businesses or agencies.

Tight integration with Messenger lets you quickly jump over from voice calls to IMs, or even Messenger’s own data-based voice calls.

Hello’s available now in the Play Store.

Source: Facebook, Play Store

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!