11-23-2015 07:53 PM
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  1. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Does anybody else dislike the phone app? Can this be replaced? Any suggestions?

    How do you remove the people that the phone automatically puts on the speed dial list? How do I stop this from happening?

    Is this the record for the number of questions in one post?
    11-16-2015 07:46 PM
  2. dmark44's Avatar
    I'm not sure how you stop it from adding additional contacts to the speed dial... but if you "star" a contact, it puts them in favorites and they will always be at the top of the speed dial list.
    11-16-2015 07:55 PM
  3. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Is there another app that can be loaded and used as the phone interface?

    The problem I have with the default one is that all of those speed dial contacts are placed right there in the "thumb area"... and barely tapping any one of them results immediately in a phone call being placed. It's really a PITA as far as phone interfaces go... which is my biggest surprise with this phone. Coming from Motorola I would think the phone interface app would be one of the best.
    11-16-2015 08:21 PM
  4. buildscapeinc's Avatar
    I have used Dialer One for years. The developer actually stopped developing it a while ago for his latest app but it still works great & has lots of options & customization. I like it because it has the bottom half of the screen as the key pad & the top half can be favorites, recent or contacts. I'll try lots of different ones a few times a year but always come back to theis one.

    Brian
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    11-16-2015 08:47 PM
  5. Crashdamage's Avatar
    11-16-2015 09:26 PM
  6. stew72's Avatar
    I agree with you, I've randomly dialed several people when trying to click on the dial pad. It's a bit annoying.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-16-2015 09:57 PM
  7. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I've looked at a couple of these, and some are not stand alone apps, right? Some of these appear to run on top of the default Lollipop dialer, which is ok I guess; it would eliminate the gripes I have by giving me a new phone interface but doesn't help my secondary goal of keeping app bloat to a minimum.

    I'd like to disable the default dialer completely and have a new one the runs on its' own.
    11-16-2015 10:05 PM
  8. doogald's Avatar
    ...it would eliminate the gripes I have by giving me a new phone interface but doesn't help my secondary goal of keeping app bloat to a minimum.

    I'd like to disable the default dialer completely and have a new one the runs on its' own.
    I don't think that can happen with the dialer. Bloat is one thing, but finding a productivity app that makes your life easier is hardly what I'd call bloat. A small app takes maybe a dozen MB at most. Even on a 32GB phone that's a rounding error.
    11-16-2015 10:18 PM
  9. dmark44's Avatar
    I have used Contacts+ on my last phone and liked a lot about it. They have a separate Dialer+ app if you don't want their full suite.
    11-16-2015 10:21 PM
  10. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    I don't think that can happen with the dialer. Bloat is one thing, but finding a productivity app that makes your life easier is hardly what I'd call bloat. A small app takes maybe a dozen MB at most. Even on a 32GB phone that's a rounding error.
    Having two apps when you only need one is bloat, whether 1kB or 1GB.

    If it's a system app that can't be replaced, they should remove the option for us to disable it, no?
    11-16-2015 10:28 PM
  11. Crashdamage's Avatar
    All the replacement dialers actually run on top of the stock dialer. And you cannot delete the stock dialer. You would have to muck around deep in the OS to do that, beyond what even a root-enabled app can realistically do.
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    11-16-2015 10:38 PM
  12. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Who said delete? Go to settings-apps and there is the option to disable the phone app.
    11-16-2015 10:47 PM
  13. russel5150's Avatar
    Something that might work for you, i use the direct dial widgets. I put my family and friends in one folder on a home screen and work in another folder.

    This way i never really need to ooen the phone app or contact list.

    This works for me a large part of the time.

    Moto Droid Turbo 2
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    11-17-2015 12:42 AM
  14. doogald's Avatar
    If it's a system app that can't be replaced, they should remove the option for us to disable it, no?
    Although it's rare, some people buy phones that they don't want to work as phones. Some people keep a device after they have switched to another phone. They don't need the dialer.
    11-17-2015 06:46 AM
  15. lgGslateuser's Avatar
    Contacts Plus Widget works great,
    Phone Dialer App... alternatives?-screenshot_2015-11-17-09-36-36.jpg
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    11-17-2015 08:55 AM
  16. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Does this replace the native phone app?
    11-18-2015 08:50 PM
  17. THEPRFCT10's Avatar
    I feel your pain and agree this stock dialer is not good. Samsung was much better.
    11-18-2015 09:14 PM
  18. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    Thanks. When I get a call the only way to mute the ringer is to press the side button.

    Is that how yours works?

    That's lame. There should be a mute button on screen and maybe some other options like being able to answer on speaker phone.
    11-18-2015 11:00 PM
  19. Moto0685's Avatar
    Yeah the phone dialer could be better I agree, but I have never had a Motorola smartphone only HTC and LG I wish the the speaker and mute buttons where bigger or in a different spot

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-19-2015 01:45 AM
  20. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    I saw in the manual today that it says you have to hit the side button to mute an incoming call. Wow. So I guess it's supposed to work that way.

    Funny thing is that when the phone is LOCKED, you can hold and drag the incoming call to a pre-written text reply or to voicemail... but when the phone is NOT LOCKED, none of these options appear.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems more and more that the phone app was neglected in Lollipop development.
    11-19-2015 07:01 PM
  21. THEPRFCT10's Avatar
    Interesting.
    11-19-2015 07:12 PM
  22. doogald's Avatar
    Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems more and more that the phone app was neglected in Lollipop development.
    It may be that Motorola decided to simplify things and make things even more AOSP like to make it easier when they update the phone to marshmallow. Fewer customizations to worry about.
    11-19-2015 07:22 PM
  23. ibcop's Avatar
    Contacts Plus Widget works great,
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    I see it hasn't been updated since 2013 - at least according to the Google play page. Any issues?
    11-22-2015 06:05 PM
  24. srt8-in-largo's Avatar
    I've resigned myself to the fact that the OEM dialer will always be there. Oh well I guess I'll get use to it... and I do like some features of it... the design is nice and clean.

    I decided to go with DW Contacts though, mainly because of how conveniently it manages contact groups and if you have a large group it allows you to instantly drop to any location; that is, if you press the "a-z" button you can select a letter, W for example, and instantly go to all W contacts without having to scroll a hundred times.
    11-23-2015 07:32 PM
  25. lgGslateuser's Avatar
    I've had no issues at all with it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-23-2015 07:52 PM
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