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# FB phone home
Facebook's next idea could replace your standard phone app
It’s testing out an app called ‘Phone’ which will identify calls and block blacklisted numbers.

FACEBOOK’S AIM TO replace all your essential apps with its own could take another step forward.

Details of a new app called Phone were leaked and it appears to be a native dialing app for Android. The app will show information about who’s calling and will automatically block calls from blacklisted numbers.

The app’s existence, which was first spotted by Android Police, was confirmed by a Facebook spokesperson to VentureBeat although no further details about it were provided.

It’s worth noting that Facebook Messenger already has its own call function which allows you to call other Messenger users while Whatsapp is also working on its own version.

Facebook has tried being front and centre of users’ smartphone experience by releasing its own partnered phone, the HTC First, as well as its own home screen app, Facebook Home. Both failed with the HTC First discontinued shortly after its arrival.

Also, it has had problems releasing apps that aren’t part of Facebook’s desktop site. While Messenger, Groups and Pages has done well, original apps like Slingshot, Rooms and Paper (a US-only app) have struggled to gain traction.

Considering that there are 1.3 billion people signed up to Facebook, and 745 million are daily active users on mobile, it would have a good chance of identifying who’s calling.

Although if the app ever sees the light of day, there are many other phone ID apps out there on Android and Windows Phone to compete against, not to mention the standard phone apps that come with every smartphone.

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