Google+ profiles will soon be used to identify callers

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Caller ID in today’s digital age is something to be desired. Most modern caller ID services will only promise information about businesses and other public numbers, but personal identification seems to be an afterthought if you don’t have the caller in your address book.

Google wants to change that. The company has announced that the new Android 4.4 KITKAT dialer will soon be able to show your name and Google+ profile picture to callers if you so choose. It’ll simply identify you using the phone number you have tied to your Google+ account. Don’t worry, though — this number is private to the world if you want it to be, and will only be used for the behind-the-scenes work that is needed to make this whole thing tick.

It would be natural for people to be resistant to accept this sort of feature, what with all the horror stories about the NSA collecting cellular data and spying on communications, and all. I’m personally a little less paranoid and less worried (I have nothing to hide in my rather boring life), but I wouldn’t blame people for wanting to opt out of this particular feature. You can head here to change your account settings in preparation for this feature, which Google says should be coming our way in 2014.

[via Google+]

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  • a) youth.in.asia

    Good, maybe Facebook can get behind this too

    • Phatz Mahoney the Incredible

      It does on HTC phones, they’ll use the Facebook profile pic as caller ID

      • a) youth.in.asia

        Yeah but its nice to see the people that call you that isn’t friends with you in facebook

    • Kieron Quinn

      HaxSync. Look it up

  • bmg314

    Nope. Aaannnnd… nope.

  • Dan

    I dunno…

    • rick slick

      lolz

  • Greg Nelson

    My only complaint about my Nexus 5…..I’ve never joined a social network, have never desired joining one and with I wish I could just turn off the effing requests on this device that ask me to create a Google+ profile…..

    • zifnab

      Agreed, they really push it entirely too hard. When I got the N4 the first thing I had to do was go in and turn off photo sharing and all other google + syncing. When this comes out I will opt out instantly and never look back. Some things just don’t need to be shared and don’t benefit me in the slightest.

      • Rashawn31

        you can opt-out right now

        • Topgun22x

          Your photo’s don’t get “shared”. They get backed up to the cloud so if you lose your phone, get another phone or run out of space you don’t lose them. You can opt out of auto backup but if you’re concerned about stuff in the cloud then you shouldnt even bother using email because it’s in the cloud.

          • mcl630

            Email by its nature involves the Internet and servers. My personal photos, on the other hand, don’t have any business in the cloud unless I want to share them.

          • Dissidence

            Soooo….disable auto-backup? I’m not quite sure what the problem is.

          • mcl630

            I agree. What I don’t agree with is Topgun22x’s statement, “if you concerned about stuff in the cloud that is stored on some corporate server then you shouldnt even bother using email because it’s in the cloud too.” Email is always “in the cloud”, photos don’t have to be. Photos existed long, long before the Internet, Email is by its nature tied to the Internet.

  • Lennatron

    Sounds cool to me. I wonder what will come up if the person you’re calling already has a contact picture sent. And does it only work with Kitkat devices?

  • Microsoftjunkie

    I have my gripes about big G, but i like wgat they’re doing with Hangiuts, etc. Kick carriers right in their asses

  • toomuchgame441

    Yea, I won’t be doing this…you can see Google’s agenda now. Wanting tie your Google+ name to YouTube with comments and now this? Nah… I’m good.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    441 is right. I don’t trust Google to use this app. In some ways, it almost feels like them and the NSA are merging.

  • Wozn2

    “I have nothing to hide in my rather boring life” – me neither, and besides, when I’m plotting I use my hotmail account.

    Doh.

  • Frank S. Pilone

    Maybe I am showing my age, but I remember people had problems when CID came out for landline phones. What came in turn, Anonymous calling. I always prefer to know who is calling me – if nothing else to know if they are worth wasting my time from doing something other than talking to Joe Shmoe from telemarketer trying to sell me something. Thankfully, a possibility of real CID.

    However, let’s keep in mind this is using Google Plus information. How many people really use G+, and out of those – how many of them are providing Google every single phone number they have? Just my thoughts.

    • Topgun22x

      You don’t need to use Google+. You just need a Google+ ID. Over 1 Billion people already have Google+ Id’s.

  • Richard Luong

    “They’re spying on me…..” **foil pirate hat placed on head

  • steveb944

    Thanks man, I removed both Google Voice and personal number.

  • Slosh

    Another move by Google to control the world. This never ends.

    Google ass-hats.