Google has just announced Verified Calls, a new feature by which users will know when a company calls them and why without having to pick up first. Google just announced Verified Calls, a new feature for Android phones. This is a feature with which the technology aims to encourage many of its users’ trust and cybersecurity.
Until now, when you received a call from an unknown number, there was no possible way to know who it was that was trying to reach you. Users are always afraid that it is either a spam call, an attempted scam, or fraud.
With Verified Calls, which will be available in Spain soon, Google will allow the name and logo of companies that call their customers to appear on the screen of mobile phones that receive an incoming call.
The technology itself has announced it on its blog. The functionality will be available for now in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, India, and the United States. The functionality goes further: this feature will also allow companies to clarify the reason or intention of their call so that users know what to expect when they pick up the PhonePhone.
For example, with Verified Calls, you could receive a call from an unknown phone number and, at the same time, know that the airline is calling you to notify you of changes to your flight reservation.
Or for example, a package delivery company notifies you that the delivery person is approaching your home. This would prevent many users from picking up the PhonePhone for fear of being disturbed.
The functionality will be available through Google’s own application to make calls. When you make a conventional call to another number on your Android Phone, the instrument you use for this is yet another application.
An application with its interface will vary from the brand of PhonePhone you use. For example, Xiaomi uses a layer on Android called MIUI, so its Messages (SMS) or Calls apps are its own.
That does not prevent users from downloading messages, Google’s SMS app, or PhonePhone. The latter is not yet available for many devices, but Verified Calls will be open through it. You can download it from here.
Verified Calls are added to a feature of Google’s SMS, its Messages app, allowing you to receive verified SMS. In other words, know when the original sender launches an SMS you receive and when it is a phishing case.
Phishing is the technique most used by cybercriminals to try to access your bank details. They are usually scams consisting of sending an email or even a phone call posing as your bank’s customer service. Through SMS or telephone, they will send you a link so that you can enter your credentials or so that you can tell them out loud.
They are cyber scammers trying to access your password to steal amounts from your bank.
In a post published this week, Gal Vered, Google’s Product Manager, says that the company has been testing the Verified Calls functionality for a few months. “The first results indicate that the ratio of answered calls improves.”
For example, a recurring telephone scam returned at the beginning of the year. Cybercriminals call their victims by PhonePhone, warning that they are from Microsoft’s technical service. And that they have detected a problem for which the user will have to access a link.
It attempts to distribute copies of a computer virus in this way.
With Verified Calls on Android, you can alleviate this problem.
Google announced this new functionality the same day it began to release the stable version of the latest version of its operating system: Android 11. You can see here all the news that this new system includes.