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Google Phone app 5.1 adds in new gestures and interface tweaks

’s phone app is getting a rather slick makeover. 

Whether it’s purely for the or will come to all Nexus phones, however, we can’t say for sure. The APK comes from a system dump that includes various image files from the phone. So it’s clearly for the , but I was able to install the APK on a Nexus 5X.

Version 5.1 of the phone app has new interface, gestures, and a few other tricks. The interface is more refined and matches the overall aesthetic found in the . There’s a translucent blue interface and tweaks to how some of the icons appear.

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You’ll also see that you swipe up to accept a call and down to decline, a switch from the sideways swiping of the current version. You can see it in action from the following video:

The APK reveals there’s a an application shortcut, which will allow you to create a new contact. This isn’t visible unless you install Action Launcher 3 or wait for 7.1 to hit.

Why this matters: Google controls the entire software experience on the Pixel, so we’re likely to see continual refinements over time to get everything just right with the Phone and other Google . I’d expect more launcher shortcuts to appear over time as well, so pay attention to future updates if you have a Pixel or Nexus phone.

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