Facebook is working on a way to block nuisance callers

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Facebook has confirmed it is working on an Android dialer app called Phone, which is heavily rumoured to be capable of blocking unsolicited phone calls.

Facebook confirmed the apps existence to Venture Beat but didn't reveal any more details, merely stating "we are always testing things and have nothing to announce at this time."

A screenshot taken by Android Police shows the download link to the app that is currently restricted to Facebook employees only.

Trying to download at that stage brings up an error message but reveals the description of "shows you info about who's calling and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers."

In the good books

It's an interesting concept and blocking unsolicited calls is a big ask from Facebook, but if it can get it right it would no doubt find itself in a lot of people's good books.

Facebook has almost 1.4 billion users, many of which have their phone number saved in their profile details, meaning the app may be able to supply you with details of people you don't even have saved into your phone.

There isn't any confirmation from the company that Facebook Phone will be released to the public, but we like what we've seen so far.

Via Venture Beat

James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.