Facebook is reportedly testing app for advanced call blocking

The new app will have access to a users call details and will allow them to block numbers they desire.

The new app will have access to a users call details and will allow them to block numbers they desire.

It appears that Facebook is keen on expanding the way people use the social network and its apps to communicate with each other.

After it was reported that Facebook’s WhatsApp was testing a mobile calling feature, it was leaked that Facebook might also be expanding its communication features, as well.

The social networking giant has announced plans to roll out a new dialer application for android users. The app lets people understand as to who is calling and blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers. Currently Facebook is testing this app with Android and might eventually bring it to smart phones.

The new app will have access to a users call details and will allow them to block numbers they desire and even select from the commonly blocked numbers from its database. For people dealing with constant spam calls, this could be the app to fall in love with.

The new app dubbed Phone would be a new addition to Facebook’s lengthy stockpile of offshoot apps that include Messenger, Rooms, Home, Groups and Slingshot among others.

The name and illustration possibly suggest that Phone would be a successor for the dialer pre-installed on Android phones. If and when the app will be available to users is still unclear. Facebook confirmed the existence of the Phone app, but did not elaborate on details. Facebook spokesperson said they routinely test new features and had no announcements to make yet.

The Phone app would offer Facebook significant insights into a type of communication that it as of now lacks, actual voice calls between two individuals. While the social networking giant cannot legally monitor the contents of the calls, simply knowing who is calling whom and when could further identify relationships between users. The company also has an eye on who people communicate with based on posts typed out on Facebook profile walls. The information could prove valuable to advertisers.

Judging by the screenshot message sent to some users, the new application seems a lot like Truecaller. Facebook will face stiff competition from Truecaller, as this app largely works on the same idea. Users will not be able to use both the apps in tandem. Therefore, Facebook might find it a little hard to convince users to switch over to this new Phone app.

Facebook which has over 1.39 billion user’s, contains the phone numbers of many of its users, including phone numbers for millions of businesses globally.

Carrie Ann
Carrie Ann is Editor-in-Chief at Industry Leaders Magazine, based in Las Vegas. Carrie covers technology, trends, marketing, brands, productivity, and leadership. When she isn’t writing she prefers reading. She loves reading books and articles on business, economics, corporate law, luxury products, artificial intelligence, and latest technology. She’s keen on political discussions and shares an undying passion for gadgets. Follow Carrie Ann on Twitter, Facebook

Recent Posts

BlackRock ETFs breach $3 trillion mark in May

BlackRock ETFs breach $3 trillion mark in May

BlackRocks’ exchange-traded fund crossed $3 trillion for the first time in May, in sync with the ETF industry’s race to an all-time high of $9 trillion.
2 hours ago
Flagship Pioneering, investor in Moderna raises $3.4 billion funds

Flagship Pioneering, investor in Moderna raises $3.4 billion funds

Flagship Pioneering, the bioplatform company, and the venture capital investor in Moderna, today announced that it had raised additional funding of $2.23 billion, which brings its
1 day ago
United to recall furloughed employees as travel recovers

United to recall furloughed employees as travel recovers

The fading of the pandemic and the rollout of vaccines has brought in some good cheer for the floundering air travel industry. More countries have opened up for business and are al
2 days ago
UK’s Sanne agrees to consider Cinven bid

UK’s Sanne agrees to consider Cinven bid

Sanne, a UK fund administration business that provides alternative asset and corporate services, has agreed to hold talks with private equity firm Cinven over a potential £1.4bn t
2 days ago
Global stocks rise as investors ignore inflations indicators

Global stocks rise as investors ignore inflations indicators

Global stocks rose to an all-time high, with investor showing confidence in a strong economic recovery from coronavirus and the vaccine effect, but the market is still a bit cautio
2 days ago
UK watchdog whacks Amazon with probe for unfair data collection practices

UK watchdog whacks Amazon with probe for unfair data collection practices

The Competition and Markets Authority will focus on whether Amazon, Inc. favors merchants that use its delivery services.
5 days ago