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Google Contacts v2.4 readies multi-SIM support and prepares a new suggestion to fix nameless contacts [APK Teardown]

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A new version of Google Contacts came out yesterday, but it unfortunately doesn't seem to solve the recent issue with contact syncing that some Oreo users are reporting. This update appears to mostly fix bugs, but it does come with a couple of minor tweaks and some preparation for new feature additions in the future.

What's New

Left: v2.3. Right: v2.4.

I rarely bother with pointing out phrasing changes when they don't actually change any functionality, but since the Suggestions screen will be immediately relevant to the teardown and this change speaks to the nature of what's to come, it's worth giving a mention to this one.

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Google Contacts v2.4 readies multi-SIM support and prepares a new suggestion to fix nameless contacts [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

One of the most basic and convenient features of life in Google's ecosystem is contacts sync. From email to phone numbers and Google+ profiles, you know that whatever platform you are on, you'll be able to reach out to the people you need to with a minimum of fuss. But for some this essential feature isn't working correctly, and contacts aren't being successfully synced to their Oreo-powered Android devices.

Reports are varied.

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Contacts sync is breaking on some devices running Android Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts v2.3 may add real-time location sharing [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Google is starting off the week with an update to the Contacts app. After poking around for quite some time, it looks like there aren't any notable changes on the surface, but changes to the resources suggest that we'll soon be able to turn on real-time location sharing with other people directly from within the Contacts app.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google Contacts v2.3 may add real-time location sharing [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Many Galaxy Note8 phones are freezing when the contacts app is opened, even for texting and speed dial

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Believe it or not, Google isn't the only company with issues on its flagship devices. We've been informed that many units of Samsung's Galaxy Note8 are completely freezing when the contacts app is opened, and that includes when other apps like 'Messaging' and 'Phone' use it as well. Basically, these Note8s are refusing to function as phones.

According to replies on a post entitled 'Note 8 Freezing and unresponsive' in Samsung's forums, many variants of the Note8 are having this problem.

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Many Galaxy Note8 phones are freezing when the contacts app is opened, even for texting and speed dial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Duo and ViLTE video call integration with Google Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages is rolling out to Google-supported phones

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

If 1950's science fiction has taught me anything, it's that video calling is supposed to be the future. Today Google announced in a blog post that we're one step closer to that vision of reality. Integrated video calling (via Duo or ViLTE) is rolling out to first-generation Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices, via the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. No schedule yet for ray-gun or jetpack integration. 

If this all sounds familiar, it's because we talked about it just a few days ago when more hints of it started appearing in the dialer and messages apps, following a teardown we did that indicated the feature was coming.

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Duo and ViLTE video call integration with Google Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages is rolling out to Google-supported phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts v2.2 updates the contact pages with quick access bar, full-width photos, and other UI improvements [APK Download]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

If you've been craving some visual changes on your phone, an update to Google's Contacts app is rolling out with a few tweaks that are pretty noticeable. This version brings back full-bleed contact photos and adds a quick access bar. There are also a few other visual tweaks and a filter for the contact list has been moved. As always, you can grab the latest update from the APK Mirror link at the bottom.

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Google Contacts v2.2 updates the contact pages with quick access bar, full-width photos, and other UI improvements [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inability to add contacts to home screen in Oreo fixed with Google Contacts v2.1.3 [APK Download]

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Perhaps you like to put contact shortcuts on your home screen. Well, Android 8.0 doesn't. If you try to add a contact shortcut via the widget menu, the home screen just refreshes itself without adding the icon. Boo. There's not a new version of the Contacts app that fixes that. Yay.

Not all methods of adding contacts to the home screen appear to be broken. For example, you can drag a contact from the app shortcut popup onto the home screen.

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Inability to add contacts to home screen in Oreo fixed with Google Contacts v2.1.3 [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Hidden upcoming features discovered] Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download]

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

For anyone tied into Google's ecosystem, storing and managing contacts is best done with the official Contacts app. The Android version recently saw some minor cosmetic changes, improving its already eye-pleasing material look, and the web interface has also employed the same consistent design language since the start of the year.

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[Update: Hidden upcoming features discovered] Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download]

Monday, August 14th, 2017

For anyone tied into Google's ecosystem, storing and managing contacts is best done with the official Contacts app. The Android version recently saw some minor cosmetic changes, improving its already eye-pleasing material look, and the web interface has also employed the same consistent design language since the start of the year. Until recently, the app was only available on Google branded phones, but now compatibility has been extended.

As of the previous update, Google Contacts could only be downloaded through the Play Store if you had a Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition device.

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Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v15 adds a shortcut to your contacts so you can quickly start messaging [APK Download]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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A new version of Allo began rolling out yesterday, but unlike so many previous releases, this one wasn't preceded by any Twitter announcements from the developer team. That's not too surprising because this looks more like a maintenance release. However, there was one subtle enhancement that's definitely worth pointing out: Allo now integrates with contacts on your phone so you can quickly jump to the app and start a conversation. A teardown of the apk revealed that most of the other changes are in service to the upcoming launch of an Allo web client, which had been examined in detail with a teardown of v14.

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Allo v15 adds a shortcut to your contacts so you can quickly start messaging [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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