Rumor has it that work on Android 4.4.3 is already underway. Even though its meant to be an incremental update, Android 4.4.3 is expected to bring a redesigned dialer application. There is no official confirmation of this just yet, however screenshots of the redesigned app have appeared on XDA forums. Granted that its quite easy to fabricate such images, but that shouldn’t stop us from considering the possibility.
From the looks of it Google isn’t going for subtle user interface tweaks. It is a full blown redesign that is actually quite different from the existing dialer UI. Contacts are no longer displayed in the conventional list. Instead there’s a separate card for each contact with users apparently having the ability to assign photos to each card.
If a photo hasn’t been assigned to a card then it will simply be a colored block with the contact’s first initial. This is similar to how contacts are displayed in Gmail app, so it really won’t come as a surprise if Google replicates that in dialer as well. Dialer search box is at the top where it has always been. There’s a blue action bar at the bottom which contains buttons for call logs, dialpad and overflow.
It would certainly be odd for Google to push such a major redesign with an incremental software update. The company hasn’t commented on this as yet, so we might have to wait until Android 4.4.3 drops to be absolutely sure.