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“Do you Samsung take Hiya

to be your leading source for caller identification and phone spam detection services,

to block and identify, from this day forward,

from robocalls, from telemarketers, and from any type of spam and scam callers,

Until the fight against unwanted callers has been conquered?”

By the power vested by us, we’re pleased to announce Samsung and Hiya’s extended commitment to power the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and integrate the seamless experience to all Galaxy Note 7 users.

Hiya has “vowed” to be committed to protecting Samsung users in what will be 28 countries with the following, for as long as they both shall work together:

  • Caller Identification: By leveraging Hiya’s proprietary data set that includes more than 600 million active mobile and landline phone numbers in the US and over 1.5 billion unique numbers globally, users will be able to make informed decisions about whether or not to answer an incoming call.
  • Spam and Scam Detection: With Hiya’s state of the art phone reputation service, users will have much needed context for unsolicited spam and scam calls, giving them peace of mind when answering or ignoring a call. The service also includes a spam button for users to easily report spam numbers, which will in turn help other users from falling victim to fraudulent calls.
  • Nearby Business Search: Powered by a global database of local business information, users will be able to search directly within the native dialer to easily find nearby businesses for any and all of life’s purchases and curiosities.

Now let’s raise our glasses, and give a toast to a prosperous partnership to Samsung and Hiya.

“As consumers worldwide continue to find themselves inundated with an influx of unwanted calls, we are pleased to further expand our partnership with Samsung to bring our best-in-class caller ID and phone spam detection services to even more users across the globe,” said Alex Algard, Founder and CEO of Hiya. “Expanding our service to include Galaxy Note 7 users and further growing our footprint in the international arena gets us one step closer to providing the kind of phone experience that everyone with a smartphone deserves.”


*cue in white doves*

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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.

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