Google Phone 5.1 is now available for download. Google Phone 5.1 has a new in-call UI that is identical to Google’s Duo video calling app. The new interface has a translucent blue screen with new actions for answering and denying the calls. Unlike the previous swipe to left and right directions, you will now see swiping options for up and down directions. Swiping up will answer the call whereas pulling the shaking call icon down will reject the call.
More about app, the new calling interface seems a tad similar to iOS dialler, with larger buttons and a circular caller ID icon placed at the top. One of the most significant changes in the new version of the app is the inclusion of the Launcher Shortcuts. Being exclusively available on Pixel launcher, Launcher Shortcuts let you see some parameters or some special action of an app that is also a normal icon shortcut on the home screen. It is interestingly also available on the Action Launcher 3.
The Google Phone 5.1 app shortcut will enable you to make a new contact, a limited feature set that falls short considering the potential of shortcuts already seen on Pixel phones. We’re hopeful that Google will add more shortcut features to its app and will make it available for other phones as well.
There may be compatibility issues currently with the new app, but some people have reported that it works on Nexus 5X and 6P running at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow.