Google’s been redesigning the interface of its software across platforms rounding off sharp corners wherever possible – just look at the address bar of the Chrome browser you’re probably reading this on. The push for circles is now finally fully embraced on the company’s Phone app for Android, too. Google is going to redesigned its phone app.
Version 3.0 of the Contacts app is rolling out to the Play Store now, and while all of the core functionality remains untouched, the user interface is now in-line with Google’s new look. That’s a nice way of saying that there’s a lot more white elements.
The Favorites tab of the default dialer app on Pixel phones had two contacts per row until now, while the other tabs had already switched to circles. The latest update brings consistency between the tabs with circles, circles everywhere, and the contacts are now three in a row. We dug through old reviews to find out it was a lot like this on the Nexus 6 running Lollipop in 2014.
The main change here is obviously the circular icons for contacts marked as Favorites. The previous interface had been around for a while and was starting to look a bit dated, so this is a welcome redesign. A blue popup will appear for those seeing the interface for the first time explaining how a long-press can allow users to switch between calls and messages.
And here’s the new Favorites tab in dark mode. Scrolling past the Favorites will reveal a list of frequently-contacted numbers that Google thinks you might want handy as well. Interestingly enough, while that section is called “Frequents” in the screenshot above, my Pixel 3 XL calls it “Suggested.”
The redesigned app includes most of the changes we’ve seen on other Material Theme redesigns: Most of the purple that used to make up the action bar and headers are now replaced with a pure white interface. Rounded corners are also the order of the day, and the Google Sans font appears in different parts of the app. The new design change extends all over the app, from the menus to the actual call screen and anything in between.
As is usually the case, the v27 update may not necessarily be hitting everyone at once – we ourselves had to resort to sideloading it even on the Pixel 3. In any case, it’s happening sooner or later.