April 24, 2014

PrivacyStar Blocks Unwanted Callers on Android 2.3.3

Did you use a call blocker app, only to find that with your shiny new update to Android 2.3.3, it no longer worked? There’s a reason for that. Apparently, Google removed an API that developers used for the core functionality in these apps, so they no longer function correctly. Enter Privacy Star.

With Privacy Star’s update, users are able to block single numbers or entire area codes. It seems pretty popular, with its users having blocked over 120 million numbers. Additionally, if the user is on the ‘Do Not Call List’, they can file a complaint with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) right from their phone.

They also have a couple of new features, including:

  • Directory Assistance (NEW) – Users speak or type the name of a business or individual they are looking to find and PrivacyStar will identify and map the location.
  • SMS ID (NEW) – Upon receiving a text message from an unknown sender, select SMS look-up from the PrivacyStar home page and the message that needs to be identified then take appropriate action, such as blocking the number.

They have a 7-day free trial, if you want to give it a try! Unfortunately, it’s U.S.-based for the moment, so it won’t work for our friends across the pond. If you do try it, we encourage you to let us know what you think about it, or what you think about call blocking in general, in the comments below. Or if you fancy, sound off on our Facebook Wall!

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