Google’s Phone app gets a new feature called Caller ID Announcement, which can help visually impaired users to learn who’s calling. When enabled, this feature will speak out the caller’s name and the number of the incoming call, to let users decide whether to respond or not without seeing the screen. This feature is in beta earlier, and now rolling out to everyone in a stable phase.
Google Phone New Feature
To show that Google is concerned about all types of people, the company is making some features exclusively for impaired users to help them access their gadgets on par with others. And the new feature in the Phone app is one such achievement. Named as the Caller ID Announcement, Google trailed this feature in the Phone app since last year, before rolling it out to everyone now.
Anyone with the latest version of the Google Phone app can check this feature. If you’re on the latest version already, here’s how to enable it.
- Open your Phone app.
- Open the menu (three dots) at the top right corner.
- Click on Settings and then find Caller ID Announcement at the bottom.
- Opening it, you’ll see the only option available as Announce Caller ID.
- This feature is turned off (put to Never) by default and should be enabled by clicking on it. You’ll see three options here, but it Always or when using a headset mode.
That’s it. Any incoming calls from then will have the caller’s name being spoken out. This could be helpful, at the same time disturbing since it announces the caller’s name in between the ringtone, so making it hard to detect who’s calling exactly. And if you set a wordly ringtone, it’s surely difficult to detect who’s calling.