No one could ever claim that the dialer on the current version of Windows Phone is exceptional. Sure, it works, it is easy to read, and it has most functions that we expect from something as simple as a dialer.
However, it is missing Smart Dialing – the ability to type someone's name using the keypad to bring up their contact information. This feature saves you the extra step of opening the contacts list and scrolling until you find the person you want to dial. Instead, as you type those initials (D…a…n…) the list sorts down to the number you want.
Until now, we have not seen the new dialer for Windows 10 for phone. The one currently on the preview is far from finished and not representative of the final product. A new video reportedly coming out of the Microsoft WinHEC conference shows how the new dialer – at least in Chinese – will behave.
The video shows the new dialer while the buttons are (virtually) pressed, narrowing the search. Interestingly, there is also appears to be a built-in Yellow Pages, so if the person or place is not in your contacts, it can search outside of your phonebook to bring you any results in a seamless experience.
We are sure Microsoft will reveal more about the phone functions in Windows 10, so for now file this under 'likely'. At this point, we see no reason why a Smart Dialer would not be included. After all, if they are rewriting this app from the ground up, why not spruce it up with some features?
Source: IT Home; via WPArea.de; Thanks, Anaan, for the tip!
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