Finally, Google has published the official Android Phone and Contacts apps on the Play Store, though only devices that have these system apps preinstalled can install them.
Probably you can expect to start seeing updates to these apps that add features or fixes directly from the Play Store instead of being stuck inside system updates, which is good. And Google’s started off with updates to both, bringing the dialer to v2.3 (from 2.2) and contacts app to v1.3 (from 1.2).
The dialer app has added call blocking and a brand-new in call UI for businesses recognized by the Google Caller ID system . The new UI, brings a ton more business info and looks super slick. The new call blocking feature in the dialer is shown below. The dialer also shows the nickname of any contact you’ve given a nickname in Google Now, instead of using their regular contact name. And there’s also a voicemail count if your carrier supports the dialer’s visual voicemail feature.