Users of a Google Phone may no longer need a third party application on their phones to block unwanted sales and marketing calls. The feature will be part of the rollout of its latest update to its Google Phone app that begins today.
With this update, Google Phone app users will not only recognise a spam call, but also be able to block and report the number. Although the feature will only be available on Nexus and Android One smartphones for now, it will soon be launched in other Android smartphones.
The search giant said in a Google+ post that the Caller ID and spam protection is switched on by default in your phone but you can choose to switch it off by going to the Google Phone app. From there, you need to go to Phone app and then select More Options (three dots on top right). From there, choose Caller ID & spam protection and then switch the option off.
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we're beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers. If you already have Caller ID turned on, spam protection will be available on your phone once your app updates to the latest version," said Google on a Google+ post.
In order to mark a call as spam, users need to again go to Google Phone app to Recent Calls, and tap the call that you want to block and choose the option to block or report the number.