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Google to introduce new tool to identify unknown callers directly through the Pixel phone app

Google Pixel users might soon have a helpful tool called 'Lookup' to identify unknown callers. The feature, spotted in beta testing, aims to enhance phone call safety and security.

By: MD IJAJ KHAN
Updated on: Apr 06 2024, 10:06 IST
Google Pixel users might soon get a new tool to identify unknown callers directly on their phones. (Pixabay)

Ever had a missed call from a number you don't recognise? Google Pixel users might soon have a solution to this problem. Google is reportedly working on a new tool called "Lookup" for its Phone app. This tool aims to help users identify unknown callers before deciding whether to call back.

Currently, services like Truecaller offer similar features, but Google wants to integrate this capability directly into its Phone app. The tool has been spotted by a tipster known as AssembleDebug (via PiunikaWeb) and was initially available only to Pixel users in Japan. However, it's now being tested in the beta version 127.0.620688474 of the Google Phone app.

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Here's how it works

when a user receives a call from an unknown number, they can tap on it in the Recent Calls tab. This will bring up a drop-down menu with the option to use the Lookup feature. By selecting this, users can search the number online using various apps installed on their phone, including Google Search.

While Lookup can provide helpful information about the caller, it's important to note that it relies on web searches and may not always yield detailed results. Therefore, it may not fully replace dedicated caller ID apps like Truecaller. However, it could still be a useful tool for identifying potential scams or nuisance callers.

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Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, using tactics like AI-generated voices or cloning legitimate business numbers. Therefore, it's essential to remain vigilant and verify suspicious calls using trusted sources.

As for when the Lookup feature will be available to Pixel users outside Japan, it's still uncertain. However, with the feature already in beta testing, it could potentially be included in the next Pixel Feature Drop update expected in June.

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In the meantime, users can explore other upcoming features in Android 15 and keep an eye out for new Google Pixel devices, including the Google Pixel Fold 2, Google Pixel 8a, Google Pixel 9, and Google Pixel 9 Pro.

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First Published Date: 06 Apr, 10:06 IST
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