While having unveiled some phenomenal hardware just recently, Microsoft’s DNA is still software, and the new Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella is especially keen on making the tools to create and putting it in as many people’s hands as possible, evident in its ever-widening embrace of competing platforms, Windows’ greatest competitor in the mobile space, Android being one. Now Neowin has reported about a new Android app from Microsoft currently in testing in India.
Originally discovered by Gadget360, the new app, Dialer, is a voice-calling app developed by the Skype team, that allows users to make calls over slower mobile networks (2G and 3G.) As of now, the app is reportedly able to replace the stock dialer app on most Android phones (depends on the phone’s restrictions), meaning you can use it to make regular phone calls as well.
Other advance functions in Dialer include Truecaller-like ability to pull in information about the caller, contact information lookup (including offices and nearby places), as well as a quick-action button to block spam calls. Gadget360 reportedly obtained a test build of the app, and have tested the functions.
Microsoft Dialer’s public beta is set to launch next month, with official release in the second week of December. A Dialer for Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10 Mobile) is reportedly also in the pipeline. How the app will synergize with the upcoming Skype integration in Windows 10 is still an open question. In the meantime, Gadget360 reported an no change to an official statement from a Microsoft spokeperson about the matter earlier this month:
As part of the ongoing improvements to deliver the best experience possible to our users, we are always innovating and occasionally test out new features and functionality on small groups of users in different markets. If you live in India and have an Android phone and would like to get involved, sign up to our Pre-Release program via the Skype Community page. We have no specific news on product announcements planned in India to share today
Let us know if you’re able to access the new app.Further reading: Android, Dialer, Microsoft, Windows 10 Mobile