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Google's Call Screen feature may soon arrive on Android One devices

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Call screening (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

When the Pixel 3 launched in October 2018, one of its most interesting features was Call Screen — something that allows the Google Assistant to answer calls for you so you can decide if you want to pick up or end the call. It expanded to the Pixel 2 and Pixel series last year, and now it looks like it'll soon be made available for Android One phones.

Spotted by u/hkyq in the r/Android subreddit, two new flags have been added to the Google Phone app as part of the latest beta update. They include:

data_rollout__SpeakEasy.CallScreenEnglishUsForMoto__launched data_rollout__SpeakEasy.CallScreenEnglishUsForNokia__launched

As you can see, it suggests that Call Screen is in the works for Motorola and Nokia handsets.

Speculating a bit further, it's also worth pointing out that the Google Phone app only works on certain Google-approved devices and that both Motorola and Nokia have Android One devices in their respective lineups. As such, it's safe to assume that Call Screen may initially start out with Moto and Nokia phones and then later expand to Android One handsets from other OEMs.

How to use the Call Screen feature on the Pixel 3

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

10 Comments
  • That would be great.
  • Cool. Still lovin my Android One Moto X4!
  • And other devices too 👍
  • When I first received my P3 XL, I thought that it was just some stupid gimmick. But now I use it quite often. It's a very nice feature that many other makers should implement, especially nowadays with all of the robo/spam calls.
  • Ya, I used it on what I assume is a scammer the other day (Should I answer had like 30 neg reviews for the number about scams for MS or iTunes cards etc).
    The reply I got back after it had said the opening paragraph was, "Ahhh Hell no!" And they hung up.
    I'm gonna use this on any number I don't recognize.
  • Does it let you answer or decline hands free over Bluetooth?
  • It needs to come to the UK first.
  • Damn I miss my Pixel 2 XL. I'd have had these neat features.
  • I Still have an og pixel, and let me tell you, I love this feature. Almost as much as the smoothness and camera. So much to where I don't want a phone that doesn't have this feature. Hats off to Google for this feature.
  • Nice. Loving my Nokia 8.1.