YouMail Adds Anti-Robocall Tools to Android App
YouMail today updated its Android application with a number of new features. The key new capability of the application is the ability to permanently block unwanted calls from telemarketers, robocalls, and spammers. Android YouMail users can choose to "ditch" a call with one tap. Once ditched, calls from that number are no longer visible or ring the phone, they cannot leave a message, and the caller hears a greeting that the current number is out of service. YouMail says that its customers have reported numerous spammers, which will be identified as such if they call a YouMail subscriber. The service works with either the YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus or WhoAreYou apps for Android devices, which are available for download from Google Play.
'Hello' App Plucks Facebook Data to Show Who's Calling
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to see who's calling and, if necessary, block those callers. The company today said it is testing a new app called Hello.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
Google Contacts Gains More Editing Powers
Google recently updated the Contacts application for select Android devices and made it easier to edit contact details. Most significantly, Google expanded the app's availability from just Marshmallow to Lollipop.
T-Mobile Takes Steps to Block Scam Calls
T-Mobile today said it is rolling out new network-based tools to help identify and block potential scam calls. Beginning on April 5, T-Mobile will begin to analyze every call that reaches the T-Mobile network against a global database of known scammers.
AT&T Spearheading Robocall 'Strike Force'
AT&T and dozens of other companies are escalating the war on robocalls with a new Strike Force aimed at disrupting spammers' ability to call and pester consumers. AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson says carriers, device makers, OS developers, network designers, regulators, and lawmakers will all need to work together to create a play book to tackle the problem.