We are very near to experience Android P Developer Preview for the first time (judging by how much activity has died down in AOSP), but there are still a few interesting and amazing upcoming features in the next major version of Android. We recently learned that it may include native Iris scanner support, privacy settings improved such as blocking camera and microphone access if apps are not in use, and much more. Now, we might even see another feature in the works that is enhanced call blocking features.
A new set of commits has shown up in the AOSP gerrit from a Sony engineer saying that Sony engineers have recently been working on a ton of carrier related changes in Android, such as giving the ability for carriers to define the LTE signal bars, hide the signal strength, and add a national roaming toggle and all this from the settings, so it’s not too surprising to see such changes from Sony. The change this time is a lot more user friendly, though, as now it gives you the ability to block calls from unknown numbers, private numbers, pay phones, or any numbers which are not in your contact list.
Currently, you were only able to block calls on a per-number basis. First you had to add that number in your contact list and then block it.But now with these new settings, however, you can restrict who is allowed to call you so that you don’t get disturbed by unwanted phone calls.
But there is a catch in this, it seems that these new enhanced call blocking features will be available only if your carrier allows it, which is disappointing.
This would be a great change to Android which the customers might like it. Although play store has a lot of call blocking apps that are free, but you can never trust that the app isn’t doing anything with your call history. With a built in feature, you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone reading your call history.
Now, keep in mind that this feature hasn’t been merged in AOSP yet whichmeans it isn’t confirmed that this feature will be in Android P yet, but it’s very likely that it will be. A Googler reviewing the patch stated that they are “very much in favor of this change as a whole” so this feature is likely be merged soon. It may not show up in the first stages of Android P Developer Preview, but as we all have seen with the Android Oreo Developer Previews, we hope that they add this feature in the initial preview drops before the commits are merged.