Joining the ranks of Samsung, who’s been providing robocall and spam protection to their customers since February after partnering with Hiya (then Whitepages), Google is stepping up their game in the fight against robocalls. Yesterday, Google announced a new version of Google Dialer that includes spam protection features for Nexus and Android One devices.
Google’s move validates the need for providing spam protection out of the box. Apple also made a major announcement but they are taking a different route – they are allowing app developers to provide the solution here. Read our feature in Venture Beat for why we think Apple is not doing enough.
The fight against robocalls is a growing hot topic, and it has become more apparent that carriers are in the hot seat after the FCC’s most recent request to provide a quick, easy, and free spam solution to consumers in the next 30 days. Hiya believes that the problem can only be fully resolved by the carriers by deploying network-based solutions, but these will take some time to become available to users. In the meantime, we will continue to see more solutions from OEMs like Samsung/Google and apps like Hiya. It’s certainly a step in the right direction that we can applaud!
Keep in mind that Google’s solution will only work on a small number of devices. If you are not using a Nexus Device or a Galaxy S7, you can get the industry-leading spam protection by installing the Hiya app on your Android or iOS device.