Google Phone update brings new in-call UI for some users

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The Google Phone app received a new number pad UI in April this year, with bigger buttons and new animations. The updated design included pill-shaped buttons similar to the ones we’ve previously seen in the revamped Calculator app, along with some cool new animations. Google is currently rolling out a new in-call UI for the Phone app, but it’s taking a slightly different approach.

According to a few screenshots shared by users on Twitter, the new in-call UI features circular buttons instead of the pill-shaped buttons on the dialpad. Although the design looks inconsistent, it will likely be more intuitive to use as it brings all the buttons closer to the bottom of the screen. Additionally, the new UI features a map behind the buttons which adds a bit of contrast for better visibility.

Screenshots show that the new layout gives users access to four buttons in a row, Keyboard, Mute, Speakerand After, with a button to end the call below. By tapping the After adds another row at the top with shortcuts to put the call on hold, record the call, and add another call.

The new in-call UI appears to be rolling out with Google Phone app build 90.0.475844574 on the beta channel. However, it is not available on any of our devices at this time. Since Google hasn’t shared any details so far, we can’t say for sure when it will hit your device. But, since the new UI has already started showing up for some users, a wider rollout should follow soon.

What do you think of the new calling UI in the Google Phone app? Let us know in the comments section below.

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