Google took to its Android Google+ account to discuss the new Phone app that comes as part of the latest version of Android, KitKat (4.4). Among the features are better search and an interesting take on caller ID.
The app will let users search among nearby places and Google Apps accounts (including company directories that have employee numbers shared) from the app, even if the numbers aren’t in the user’s contact list.
Google is also using its own data to improve the caller ID experience. Beginning early next year, users with verified phone numbers that have discovery enabled will have their names and Google profile photos appear on the user’s phone when they call.
“It’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you,” Google notes.
For businesses, numbers are matched with names of companies and services with Google Places listings.
The Phone app also gets a generally new look and feel with KitKat (pictured).