Google and Facebook walk an eerily close line to Terminator's Skynet, and they continue inching closer and closer to the all-seeing super powers that they are. Facebook's Hello dialer for Android is a prime example of this, a gift and a curse.
Facebook has taken Google's offering from native Lollipop and built upon it — leveraging it's vast user-base, the new dialer is capable of detecting who is calling you on the fly, utilizing your background data connection. I've tested it out on my Galaxy S6 and it works great.
As much as privacy concerns outrage me, I feel like this is one of those applications where utility trumps concern. Being able to type in the search bar for a restaurant and book a reservation without having to do anything extra is refreshing.
I do have one gripe that I know won't be resolved, because it's Facebook, I hate that it also dislays Facebook contacts and not just my address book — this makes it frustrating to use by scrolling the contact list, it becomes full of people I have zero interest in contacting.
I also hate answering numbers that I don't know, anything that positions me one step further in that realm I can appreciate. I don't get many calls from unknown numbers, but half they time they don't leave a voicemail and I'm left wondering who it was — I never call back since I never know who it is.
Facebook Home is just another application that is available that makes me further contemplate making the jump from my iPhone 6 — to be or not to be, I may have to jump to the dark side and accept being ostracized as a leper for not having iMessage any longer.