Facebook’s Upcoming Android Phone Dialer Will Feature Caller ID And Block Unsolicited Calls

Facebook isn't a company that rests on its laurels, as it's always looking to expand its reach into different categories. This has helped the world's largest social playground avoid the same fate as Myspace. So, it's not too surprising that Facebook is testing out a new dialer and caller ID application for Android that's simply called "Phone."

Judging from the screen capture Android Police was able to obtain, this appears to be something that Facebook is testing internally, even though the message to install Phone has appeared on some phones of Facebook users who aren't employees of the service. In those instances, tapping the "Install or Update" button results in a "no page found" error.

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Nevertheless, the app's description tells us what we need to know.

"Phone is a new app that shows you info about who's calling and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers," the app screen reads.

This is a logical extension of Facebook's resources. The social networking site is home to around 1.39 billion users, many of which have their numbers saved in their profiles. That means Facebook's Android dialer could give you Caller ID information on incoming calls from people who aren't in address book or Friends list.

Whether this gets released, we'll have to wait and see, as we can only assume Facebook is working on multiple projects behind the scenes.