Google Plans to Pair Your Google+ Pic With Phone Number

Google engineering director Attila Bodis revealed on Monday that the company plans to tie Android 4.4's caller I.D. feature with profile pictures used on Google Plus (Google+). This feature will supposedly arrive in early 2014, thus allowing Android device owners to visually see who is calling them. Of course, if the profile picture is of a cat, that's what will be seen on the receiving end.

As revealed last week, Android 4.4 "KitKat" will sport a new dialer app and Caller ID, allowing Android device owners to screen their calls even better than before. For businesses, Google matches numbers against the names of companies and services with a Google Places listing. On the Google Apps front, lookups from a user's Google Apps domain will let him/her know if someone important is calling.

"Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it's great if a new friend who hasn't been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google."

The big ordeal surrounding this new visually identifying feature is that users will be opted in by default, or at least, that's the general assumption. Changing this feature is as simple as hitting this link and unticking the checkbox. Of course, that won't stop recipients from adding their own picture of you in their Android-based contacts, but at least users have the option of remaining "unseen" to unfamiliar Android users.

Another thing to consider is that this feature will presumably reside in Android 4.4, which won't be on every Android device for the next six months. Then again, there's speculation that this feature may roll out on Jelly Bean builds and older much like the Device Manager did over the summer. That may be why this feature isn't making its debut with Android 4.4 rollout over the next several months.

Regardless, if you don't want your face showing up on Android phones by default, then head here.

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  • smeezekitty
    I must say I am getting very sick of Google integrating all their services together. It is broken IMO and not how many people want it.
  • JD88
    Who cares. Your picture is freely visible on the web anyway if you have G+. Making a big deal out of nothing is what this is.
  • wildkitten
    Anonymous said:
    Who cares. Your picture is freely visible on the web anyway if you have G+. Making a big deal out of nothing is what this is.

    It's just not that, it's Google's constant destroying of people's privacy.

    This should be something people should be able to opt in to, not just have happen.

    Google is beyond the point now where Microsoft was when Microsoft was sued over anti-trust. With all this forcing of Google services on Android users (and yes, I am an Android user), it's about time they get investigated.