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Android P may introduce stricter call blocking


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According to some new commits that were discovered by XDA-Developers Android P might be bringing a new feature to the stock dialer app. This commit was part of a new set of commits that were added to AOSP from a Sony Engineer.

This new feature would allow you to block all incoming calls from any number that isn’t in your list of contacts. Text strings found in the commits suggest there will be option to block numbers based on the following criteria.

  • Phone number not in contacts list
  • Phone number not disclosed by the caller (Private number)
  • Phone number is from a pay phone
  • Phone number does not have any caller ID information

This feature would be disabled in the event that you make an emergency call in the event that responders need to reach you after dialing 911 or your local emergency call center number.

Finally, it appears that the feature can be disabled at the carrier’s discretion. So it’s possible we’ll see carriers try to sell you a service for blocking unwanted phone calls.

The feature isn’t actually a part of Android just yet, but it’s entirely possible we’ll see it starting with Android P. Personally, this is a feature I welcome because I constantly get phone calls about reducing my non-existent student loans.


Check out the Source link for more insight on the commit found about this new call blocking feature.



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Instead of working on calls, they should work on messaging since most commercial SMS/advertising is bcoz of those apps say they block these stuff.



You can check this with any new SIM /any SIM with Symbian/old phones.... switched to Android...

When you use a old phone with number not shared to unwanted people and optionally no shopping/2-step verify..../..... and no DND/DNC....... and then switch to any Android phone with Marshmallow or later OS with inbuilt spam blocking enabled.

Within few hours, you'll be starting to receive new category of commercial/unwanted SMS which you've never received before....

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The proposed call blocking features for Android P are truly wonderful value additions — the step is a really huge one.


Would have liked to see some additional features which ATM, are offered solely by top-of-the-line call blockers:—

  • Ability to block a set of numbers, by Groups
  • Ability to block on the basis of wildcards
  • Ability to schedule blocking on multiple timelines
  • Ability to maintain global exception lists — whitelist as well as blacklist
  • Ability to use differential blocking such as (ignore,) (reject,) (kill,) (answer + hang-up,) (answer + wait + hang-up,) (answer + hold,) (offline)
  • Ability to override global exception lists
  • Ability to notify selective events
  • Ability to log selective events
  • Ability to block messages without hijacking the messaging association
  • Ability to block messages based on content
  • Ability to auto-reply via different custom text messages, upon blocking selective numbers


Some exquisite features on my personal wishlist:—

  • Call blocking with inbuilt voicemail (like the one on the Symbian platform)
  • Call blocking supporting VoIP
  • Call blocking supporting VoLTE
  • Call blocking supporting EM


Inclusion of the additional features described above would've made it a quantum leap — nonetheless, it's still a noteworthy step.

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