Jun 03 AT 8:10 AM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Android 4.4.3 brings redesigned dialer and People apps

Android 4.4 Kitkat

Google has finally released Android 4.4.3 to the public in the form of factory images, but what does this new update include? We know that it isn’t a major update by any means, being another iteration of Android 4.4 KitKat, but that doesn’t mean the smaller changes aren’t important. Two things that Google happened to change were the dialer and the People app.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat dialer

We’ve seen part of the dialer before, as Google’s own Nexus Twitter account tweeted out an image of the blue-clad app a while ago. But now we get to see the full thing, with a new white and blue theme. The old black elements are now gone, replaced with a white interface with blue accents. The user image placeholder has also been made green.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat People

The People app has gotten a good change as well, with the Gmail-style user image placeholders. Just like in recent Gmail versions, a user without an image will have a colored square with the first letter of the name in the middle. It’s definitely a lot nicer than a gray silhouette while avoiding becoming too colorful.

We’re glad to see Google working hard to improve the interface of Android. While not an absolute mess like pre-Ice Cream Sandwich, Android can still use a little polish around the edges. What do you guys think of these new apps? Leave a comment!

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Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • surethom

    I much prefer the blue on black keypad, dont like the new white one.

  • charlie88

    +1! Freshens up the look of Android and gets rid of the remains of the old “Tron-Android”.

    I suppose it’s a matter of taste, but dark screens with grey and blue accents always seem a bit bland, technical and (therefore) intimidating to me (and to other users I reckon). I never liked sites or apps that use black as a background color, eventhough with AMOLEDs it can be better for batteries, yes. Reminds me of the old black computer terminals.

    Overall I think this livens things up a bit and just has a friendlier look and feel. And Android needs that. And if you don’t like the direction Google is taking, there’s always the option to install your own Dialer/People-app/apps.

  • yassir

    The more blue n white the better

  • Aditya S

    Dialer and People are the last two core OS apps that Google hasn’t unbundled and distributed through the Play Store. Hope they do it soon.

  • Maurice Marcus

    Why cant we have the choice of colours?

  • Bart

    Wouldn’t those light colors (white and blue) wash out in sunlight? I’d think it was hard to see. I’m sure someone will test that.

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  • Matt

    Nexus 5 still hasn’t gotten update