If you’ve been craving some visual changes on your phone, an update to Google’s Contacts app is rolling out with a few tweaks that are pretty noticeable. This version brings back full-bleed contact photos and adds a quick access bar. There are also a few other visual tweaks and a filter for the contact list has been moved. As always, you can grab the latest update from the APK Mirror link at the bottom.
Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
New fast access bar in contact pages
Contact photos return to full-width
New command for setting default phone numbers and addresses
“Contacts to display” option in Settings was moved to an overflow menu on the contact list
Miscellaneous UI tweaks
Several changes to contact pages
Left: v2.1. Right: v2.2.
The first and most noticeable change is that we’re again looking at full size contact photos again. This marks a return to the style used prior to the v2.0 update released earlier this year. I suppose the much smaller photos (called “chips”) probably didn’t work out with users. While this look is certainly easier to see, it tends to also bring out the painfully low resolution of synced contact photos.
The other striking addition is a brand new quick access bar running across the screen just below the contact name. It offers five buttons, including: Call, Text, Video, Email, and Directions. Tap any one of them and you’ll either be taken to the default app for that operation, or a popup will appear first with a list of options if there are more than one entry for that type of thing (e.g. 2 or more phone numbers). This might not make a big difference for phone numbers, which are already at the top of the page, but it feels faster and more intuitive than scrolling down the page to