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Google accidentally unveils new icon and name for an important Android app



Over the last few weeks, Google has made changes to the icons for its apps like Gmail, Calendar, Drives, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet and more. Google added several of the company’s traditional colors (blue, red, yellow, and green) to the icons associated with its apps. Now, an eagle eye Reddit user (via 9to5Mac) has seen what will apparently be the new icon and name of the app currently known as Phone by Google. The leaked icon and name were seen in an ad found on YouTube.
Based on the ad, the new name of the app will be Google Call, and the icon is similar to the illustration of a on the new Google Voice icon. A significant difference is that the illustration of the jam dryer and the mouthpiece is done in Google̵
7;s four colors. Note that the new name and icon are not yet in use in the Google Play Store, and when the change will be made is anyone’s guess. The current icon shows a fixed phone hand and mouthpiece in white against a blue background.

The ad, which leaked the new name and logo of what is now Phone by Google, highlights the app’s “trusted” caller ID that Google says “lets you respond with confidence.” Google has added new features to the worldly app including Hold for Me. This feature comes into play when you are on standby after calling a toll free number. you will see a message reading the “Do not hang up” prompt with the option to “Return to call” always available. When a real live person starts talking, the phone rings and vibrates, warning you that the call is no longer on hold. A transcript at the bottom of the screen keeps an eye on what is being said while you are in standby mode. As Google says, the Google Duplex technology used to run Hold for Me “not only recognizes team music, but also understands the difference between a recorded message (such as” Hello, thank you for waiting “) and a representative on the line.”

Hold for Me is the typical new Android feature that Google is adding to its mobile OS to help with the little things in life that can be a big pain in the ass. We probably all agree that waiting for a wait in general is just as much fun as hammering a nail through your skull.


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