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WhitePages Acquires Popular Call Blocking And Caller ID App Mr. Number

unnamed (5)The WhitePages company announced today that it has acquired Mr. Number, a popular app used for retrieving caller identification and blocking some numbers. According to the press release, WhitePages will add Mr. Number to its own stable of mobile apps, which includes Current Caller ID, their own solution for the same market niche. It’s not immediately apparent whether development will continue on Current, Mr. Number, or both, or indeed whether the developers who created Mr. Number have been hired by WhitePages.

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If Mr. Number is ringing a bell for you, you might recall the controversial crowd-sourced caller ID feature that the developer was forced to disable after a change in Google’s terms of service.

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Current Caller ID app from WhitePages has been updated to block messages and calls from pesky callers!

Android has implemented a new blocking feature using Caller ID from WhitePages in which users can block calls and messages from annoying individuals by sending caller to voice mail or pick up and hang up automatically to discourage insistent callers. We help you set this up on your android phone if you need to block a pest!

whi2If you do not have a copy of Caller ID by WhitePages, you will need to install a copy on your phone.

  • Launch the Caller ID app by tapping the stop sign icon with a hand over it.
  • Tap the hand on the app that displays a plus-sign icon towards the right hand corner at the top of the app.
  • To block a caller, select the recent caller or select all the numbers you want to block.
  • Once you are done, click the back button and then click the Settings button. You will see that block settings is the only option that comes up on the right hand corner of the screen, towards the top.
  • Configure the blocking method- this could be blocking all calls, or both calls and messages from a particular caller. You can have the call hit voicemail or simply have the phone receive and immediately hang up on the caller or receive alerts every time a message is blocked.

WhitePages has updated its app by incorporating features that users have often requested for. The company updated its Caller ID app to ensure that users will not be bothered by people they have no intention of communicating with.

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WhitePages for Android

White Pages is a very well known company for its awesome apps for both iOS devices and Android devices. One of the best apps that it has released for the Android ecosystem is the Current Caller ID app. For people who do not know what it is, it is an app which will show you social posts from a contact when the contact is calling you. This way, you will be able to get an idea as to what the caller has been up to recently. A conversation starter you may say.

Now, the company is out with another interesting app for Android, which lets you find friends and new places nearby. There are two main features of the app, Nearby People and Nearby Stores.

Nearby People lets you discover the people who live near you and get their contact details. And Nearby Places lets you discover over 80, 000 retail chains around the United States, and that is a lot of places. The intention here, therefore, is to find your friends and get together at a good coffee shop or a nice restaurant. More info about the app is in the press release after the break.3

PRESS RELEASE

 

WhitePages Makes Finding People and Businesses Nearby Easier With New Android App

New location-based neighbor, residential and business discovery features help people find everything nearby

SEATTLE, WA –October 19, 2012 – Finding everything nearby — neighbors, U.S. households or local businesses — is now possible with the latest release of WhitePages’ (www.whitepages.com) popular mobile app for Android devices. With major upgrades that include new Nearby People and Nearby Stores features, WhitePages for Android transforms the traditional concepts of people and business search into a discovery model. Using the device’s location, it is now easier to find over 200 million U.S. adults and 30 million businesses while also seeing the names and contact information for those people and businesses located nearby, and then connect the two with maps, directions, phone numbers and addresses. The new WhitePages for Android builds on the recent success ofWhitePages’ Current Caller ID app, which combines social updates with call and text ID and has attracted over one million users since launching in August. The two companion apps integrate seamlessly to enable WhitePages people, business and phone number search directly from Current Caller ID.

“Earlier this year, we became the first to combine nearby people and business search capabilities into our top 10WhitePages iOS app,” said Sanam Mehta, product manager of WhitePages for Android. “Based on the overwhelming response, we are thrilled to expand the offering to yet another platform and can’t wait to help Android users discover and connect with anything nearby whether it’s where they are currently located or where they may be headed in the future.”

Get to Know Your Neighbors and Local Businesses with Nearby People and Store Discovery
With over 25 million total downloads to date, people rely on WhitePages’ popular mobile apps on Android and iOS devices for one-tap access to concise contact information for 90 percent of U.S. adults and nearly every U.S. business, including restaurant and spa menus, address, phone number, maps and driving directions, website links, foursquare check-in counts, reviews and more.

The new Nearby People feature makes it easy to get in touch with neighbors, whether your own or those of friends and family, by offering immediate access to neighbors’ phone numbers, mailing addresses and household members. With research showing the majority of Americans don’t know the people in their neighborhood, WhitePages makes it convenient for neighbors to reach each other whether for an emergency, to meet for the first time, return a lost dog, move their car, or send an invite to a holiday party. Contact information for neighbors can also be downloaded and saved in the address book of Android devices for convenient access.

With the addition of new Nearby Stores functionality, the app becomes a traveler’s best friend, making it easy to explore and find nearby businesses in over 30 popular categories throughout 80,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. The WhitePages app brings people and businesses together in a single search experience, to make finding maps and directions between homes and stores effortless.  For example, locating a friend’s house across town or in a new city you’re visiting, then finding a nearby restaurant or coffee shop with menus, maps, directions and more is just a tap away thanks to the combined power of WhitePages’ 200 million residential listings and 30 million neighborhood businesses.

The new WhitePages for Android app now also pulls in friends and followers from Facebook and Twitter to seamlessly share destinations directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging or the Web. It can be downloaded in Google Play. Check out a video to see how it works.

About WhitePages

WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S. With over 40 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches on over 1,500 sites including MSN and the United States Postal Service, only WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million adults, also providing them with the ability to edit and control their own listings. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, webOS and Windows 7 applications with over 9 million active monthly users.

For more information, please visit www.whitepages.com or check out the WhitePages blog at blog.whitepages.com.

Source: Android Authority

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WhitePages for Android updated with more location awareness

Android Central

WhitePages for Android has been updated with a whole bunch of location-based features, including finding nearby people that have checked in on Foursquare, viewing nearby businesses, and looking for specific shops nearby. (Edit: Scratch that, the Nearby People feature is powered by WhiePages' own people database.) By plugging into Foursquare, you can also conduct searches for places near your friends where you can meet up. Some restaurants will even list their menu and have it accessible in the app.

As always, WhitePages also provides reverse phone lookup, reverse address lookup, and plain (but useful) people and business search functions. WhitePages also has their Social Caller ID app, though the use case for that is a fair bit more different (even if it's equally free).

It's an uphill battle in the world of mobile local search with Google around, bute WhitePages has been in the business for awhile, and I'm sure they still have at least a few tricks up their sleeve. The new Foursquare plug-in is great and all, but seems like it's largely dependent on if you actually use the social network. Also, isn't it a little creepy that the app can scrape public check-ins and provide a sort of heat map of where the popular places are? 

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WhitePages 2.0 Released With New Interface, Social, Discovery Functionality

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Following up on the success of its Current Caller ID app, WhitePages has released version 2.0 of the WhitePages app, bringing a slick new Android-oriented UI and new social/discovery features along for the ride.

Besides its newly holo-fied interface design, the WhitePages app adds the ability to connect with friends and neighbors with a Nearby People functionality that can be used, as seen in the video, to “find a friend” and plan a lunch. Likewise, you can search for nearby businesses and restaurants, even taking a sneak peek at restaurant menus.

Once you get tired of finding new friends and businesses, you can share where you’re going (or where you’ve been) with friends via various social media outlets, and invite them to come along.

Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.

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Q&A with WhitePages – making caller ID social

Android Central

WhitePages recently launched a new app that tied in a bunch of social networks to a contacts and caller ID app. With it all incoming calls from contacts show the latest status updates across Facebook and Twitter, most recent title from LinkedIn, and local weather and news. We shot a few questions to the development team about working on Android and take the oportunity to dig a bit deeper into Current Caller ID.

We all know about WhitePages, but can you tell us a bit about how you've been active in mobile historically?

WhitePages has been developing for the mobile world since 2008 and it has since become the fastest
growing part of our business with a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry,
webOS and Windows 7 applications recently surpassing 8 million active monthly users. We have a top-
notch development and design team who are mobile experts across platforms and are regularly involved
in industry events such as Google I/O. Recently, we traveled to Barcelona to Mobile World Congress to
be featured in the Google booth with an early version of Current Caller ID. We’ve invested heavily in
mobile, and continue to see this as a growth opportunity for WhitePages.

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Current Caller ID by White Pages makes caller ID social

The folks at White Pages have released their new app for Android. They’re calling it Current Caller ID and it aims to bring everything you’d want in a caller ID service as well as everything you didn’t think you’d want.

White Pages pulls information from its database of 300 million phone numbers to give you information on who’s calling you as the phone rings. For the occasional instance where it doesn’t have any information it’ll at least offer up the area the number originates from.

The app also gives you interesting information such as how many times you’ve called or accepted calls from a particular number. That’s the standard stuff — what about that extra stuff?

It’ll show recent status updates from whoever’s calling from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and it will also show the same info as you’re calling them.

Other information can be fed to you like the weather and news in the caller’s area in case you want to get that “how’s the weather” small talk out of the way, and more.

The best part is that all of this — even the caller ID stuff — is free. You might as well give it a try and see if you like it in the Google Play Store. Read on for full press details.

Seattle, WA, August 8, 2012 – The era of caller ID simply being a name and number has officially ended with today’s introduction of Current Caller ID by WhitePages (www.whitepages.com). Available in the Android App Store, Current Caller ID not only displays recent status updates by friends and social contacts from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, but it also identifies nearly any incoming or outgoing call or text instantly for free. Taking innovation even further, Current Caller ID includes live local info from the caller or texter’s location, such as weather and news, as well as fun infographics that provide instant insight into the communication relationship between users and the people they contact the most.

"Between Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, consumers are overwhelmed with too many connections and status updates, said Lori Roth, director of mobile products at WhitePages. "By marrying call and text ID with social status, we created a single useful service that makes it easy for people to stay up-to-date with the people they communicate with the most.”

According to an online Harris Interactive Study commissioned by WhitePages in May 2012, 88 percent of smartphone owners use an app like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to stay in touch on their smartphone with their contacts. About 76 percent of the smartphone owners who were surveyed claimed to use two or more mobile applications. In fact, of those smartphone owners who use mobile apps/functions to stay in touch with contacts on a mobile phone, nearly 60 percent use these apps at least five times a day, which suggests that an increasing number of smartphone owners are trying to avoid a communications breakdown of missing important updates from real friends in an era where online friends outnumber real friends 7 to 1.

Current Caller ID: Staying in the Know with People You Call and Text the Most (Real Friends) In one easy-to-use app, Current Caller ID effortlessly streams social status updates just as people are about to communicate. Users can then ignite highly engaging phone and text conversations about relevant topics such as social events, travel, accomplishments like promotions and graduations, or a recent concert attended. The app seamlessly integrates Android’s call log and text history with the user’s social graph to provide timely, relevant statuses for most callers and texters – all without having to lift a finger. Through a clean interface, the app provides users with a detailed snapshot of callers and texters connected to their social networks, including recent status posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as profile photos, job description, workplace, weather and news. For example, on an inbound call, Current Caller ID users could see a recent Facebook post about a friend discovering a baby boy is on the way, falling for a new love, or notice that a friend is attending a party, and decide to answer the call immediately.
For business contacts, a user might discover a former colleague is attending the same conference, recently changed jobs, or will be in the area via a LinkedIn status, and build a stronger relationship by knowing this information before returning a call or text.

Current Caller ID also features game-like infographics in real-time that displays communication patterns between users and their contacts, including how often and when they most frequently engage with their contacts, and number of calls and texts accepted, missed and made. For example, users can easily see a fun consolidated view of call and text interactions with their contacts to learn the best time of day to call or text them to get a response.

WhitePages’ new social caller ID capabilities build on the company’s long-standing leadership in helping mobile users identify nearly any unknown call or text, including hard-to-find mobile and some VoIP numbers. WhitePages was the first to bring caller ID to mobile in 2008 for Android phones and has been the market leader in caller ID ever since, having identified over 700 million calls to date. With the survey results showing that more than 70 percent of those who screen their calls on their mobile phone don’t answer the phone because they don’t recognize a number, Current Caller ID helps users overcome the unknown and decide on the spot whether or not to answer a call or text. In addition, Current Caller ID makes it easy to update missing contact information using the WhitePages contact database of over 200 million U.S. adults.

Customers of existing WhitePages Caller ID apps can easily upgrade to the new Current Caller ID app for free. To learn more, watch the video or follow the new app on Twitter @currentID. For more information about all WhitePages mobile products visit: http://www.whitepages.com/mobile.

Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of WhitePages from May 22-May 24, 2012 among 2,208 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables please contact Liz Powell at lpowell@whitepages.com.
About WhitePages WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S. With over 40 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches per year on over 1,500 sites including MSN and the United States Postal Service, only WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million adults, also providing them with the ability to edit and control their own listings. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, webOS and Windows 7 applications with over 7 million active monthly users. For more information, please visit www.whitepages.com or check out the WhitePages blog at blog.whitepages.com.

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Current Caller ID – would you like some Facebook status with that incoming call?

Android Central

After getting a short preview at Mobile World Congress, we’ve now got a chance to try out the latest Android app from WhitePages. It takes the usual caller ID utility, and ties LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to contacts so their latest status pops up with every call. You can also see their local weather and news when checking out their contact details.

 

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Preview of WhitePages social caller ID app for Android

Social Caller ID by WhitePages

One pleasant little tidbit to roll out of Mobile World Congress 2012 was an upcoming app from WhitePages. They're expanding their standard caller ID features to a bunch of social network tie-ins, so you can see LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter updates of whoever's calling as they're calling. It can even pull in weather for where they're calling from, and offer a link to any web headlines about them. Once the call's over, you can view some extremely detailed stats on how often you call people, how long your calls last, and how text messages factor in. Of course, you'll need to have these people in your address book already. 

Now, this might not necessarily be much of anything new; RIM bought a whole company, Gist, that did something like this, and we're starting to see a more social-savvy address book emerge on PlayBook 2.0. As far as caller ID specifically goes, HTC did some similarly clever stuff, like pointing out if it was a caller's birthday. It seems to me the biggest thing WhitePages could do with this is provide a ton of information on incoming callers who aren't already in your address book – it could be both creepy and awesome. 

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WhitePages Localicious App Hits Android, Doesn’t Wait for Apple’s Approval Process

WhitePages has just today launched a new app called Localicious for Android, an application that will help users find delicious food locally right in your neighborhood hence the name Localicious. WhitePages has been very clear that they’ve been planning this launch for Android and iOS but Apple’s long and difficult approval process makes planning a launch impossible.

WhitePages currently has a popular app for Android called Caller ID that was also first to launch on Android because of the long and drawn out approval process Apple currently has in place, eventually iOS did get the app and it is now available for those iDevices as well.

I think we are going to see a lot of people start to ship Android first,” WhitePages Chief Operating Officer Kevin Nakao said. “You can’t be held hostage.”

Nakao went on to mention that even when Apple does approve an app they don’t give any sort of clear time frame, and that too makes planning a launch or any sort of event difficult to say the least. This all sounds pretty familiar and goes right along with recent comments by Android Co-founder Rich Miner basically saying developers should target Android first given its success.

When talking about the new Localicious app Nakeo made clear that its most distinguished feature from similar apps is the ability to search locally by neighborhoods and streets rather than a geographic location. This way users can find “What’s Good in the Hood” as WhitePages calls it, right around the corner rather then heading over the bridge or into the valley.

For those that want to find some tasty food and give Localicious a try, it is available now in the Android Market for free. All those iDevice users will have to wait til Apple deems the app worthy of their neighborhood.

Download: Localicious

[via AllThingsD]

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Android Overload: Woot.com Offering Xoom for $400, Sprint Dropping Nexus S 4G to $100 and More

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Wow, we have quite the Android Overload for you today. This is the place for all the news we couldn’t squeeze onto our front page but still felt was worth checking out. Notably, Woot.com has the Motorola Xoom for only $400 but I must warn you, it is a refurbished model. Also, Zaarly is a new startup that released an app on the Market and is looking to give Craigslist a run for its money. Have a great night everyone! Chavez, signing off.


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