Google is testing a bottom navigation bar for its latest Android dialer app: Report

The new 'bottom bar' includes a new tab for voicemail along with the current top tabs

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Highlights

    • The new navigation bar UI said to bring tabs to the bottom
    • The redesign ‘bottom bar’ includes a new tab for voicemail
    • The ‘hidden-by-default’ option gives access to dialer app’s new interface

Google’s customised dialer has few interesting options like video call integration and native seek but the interface is yet to get a modern look. However, the wait might soon be over as reports have now revealed that Google is testing a new design for its dialer app.

According to a report by XDA Developers, Google is working on a new navigation bar UI that will bring the tabs to the bottom. The new design will consign the dialer’s in-app shortcuts to the bottom of the screen. The new ‘bottom bar’ includes a new tab for voicemail along with the current top tabs with textual labels instead of simple icons. The report notes that the new layout is seen on Google’s phone app’s latest version, v17 that reveals the dialer’s section divided into four shortcuts.

Image Source: XDA Developers
Image Source: XDA Developers

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Further, the report points to a new ‘hidden-by-default option’ observed in the app’s overflow menu. The option adds a shortcut to the Android’s home layout and opens the new dialer app interface when you tap it. Whenever Google implements the redesigned UI, it will be helpful for users to use with one hand.

Image Source: XDA Developers
Image Source: XDA Developers

The Google phone app is available by default on Google Nexus and Pixel devices. XDA cites that enabling the bottom bar can be done by root access but its difficult to implement on every Android device. However, the folks have put instructions on how to pull it out of hiding. Users, in case they are interested, will have to meddle with XML file mods.