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Google Phone beta app now available for more smartphones

Google's default Phone app can be installed on more smartphones through its beta version on the Play Store. 

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 12 2020, 16:26 IST
Google Phone app has been exclusive to its Pixel phones and Android One phones.
Google Phone app has been exclusive to its Pixel phones and Android One phones. (Google)

Google rolled out the beta version of its Phone app in the Play Store earlier this April. This is the default Phone app for stock Android that's available on Google's Pixel phones and Android One phones as well. The Google Phone app can now be downloaded on more phones.

The full device compatibility list for the Google Phone beta app cannot be confirmed but it's showing up for Samsung and OnePlus phones, according to Android Police. It's compatible with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy S20 Ultra, OnePlus 8 series and more. Other Android phone users can also try out the Google Phone app by enrolling in its beta programme through this link.

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Once you're a public beta tester for the Phone app you can install it from the Google Play Store. In case you search for the app on Play Store you might have difficulty in locating it. You can follow this link for the correct Google Phone app on the Play Store. After the app is installed on your phone, you can set it as the default phone app for calls.

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Do note that since this is a beta version, the Phone app may not work as expected. There would be some hiccups with the app. Also, the beta version of the Phone app doesn't support features such as ‘Call Screen' which is exclusive to Pixel users in the US. This feature is perfect for spam calls as it lets you choose Google Assistant to speak on your behalf. You can always take over the call from Assistant.

Google hasn't announced yet when it plans to roll out the stable version of the Phone app.

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First Published Date: 12 Aug, 16:26 IST
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