Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Facebook's new app seems a bit unnecessary


Facebook has a new mobile app!

It's called Hello!

By connecting with your phone's contact list (Android only - iOS won't play ball), Hello can show you who's calling using their Facebook profile information, let you block their call and search for people and places!

Which would be revolutionary, were it launched in 2009. As it is, we're a little befuddled as to why Facebook has seen fit to launch an app that boasts features familiar to several other services and Android operating systems of the last... well, a long while. 

Hello is leaning heavily on the idea of being able to potentially identify your caller via Facebook's graph search: if the caller has their number listed on Facebook, it'll show you who's calling! Unless they've deactivated this through their privacy settings, in which case... you'll just have to pick up the phone like an adult and decide if you really want to talk to them. An unintentional perk might be in serving to highlight how much personal information you've shared with the world on Facebook, causing you to rethink whether you really want to give your phone number to people you don't know.

One neat feature to Hello is the Voice Over IP option - allowing you to make free voice calls over a data connection if your friend also has Hello installed. With Facebook's Messenger app already claiming 10 percent of global Voice Over IP calls, Hello is looking to grow that number. 

Otherwise, Hello feels like a lot of apps that already exist. Skype, Whatsapp and Messenger are major players in the Voice Over IP market, while Business Search seems like an oddly convoluted alternative to Google Search. 

Currently available for Android users in the US, Brazil, and Nigeria, Hello should arrive in more countries in the coming weeks.



Is the VR obsession going to turn us into couch potato porn addict?


You can send trainer emojis with the new Foot Locker app


The best fitness gadgets that'll tech you into shape


The Headphones With Built-In Music Streaming


The New Pebble Time Smartwatch


The Flying Bee Computer Keyboard



Apple has patented a new laptop chassis which is powered by your phone

Is this the future of laptops?

by Dave Fawbert
27 Mar 2017

Amazon's new Alexa update means it can bring you beer in two hours

"Alexa, we're going to need more booze"

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

This terrifying gadget allows you to make private calls in public

Be like Bane

by Gary Ogden
15 Mar 2017

You'll soon be able to pay for your shopping with your sunglasses

I'm still not happy until I can pay with my underwear

by Gary Ogden
15 Mar 2017

This iPhone case is actually just an entire new Android phone

A phone within a phone

by Gary Ogden
14 Mar 2017

There's a new app for opening bottles because everyone is lazy now

Put that wrist away!

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

These comments from 2001 about the world's first camera phone are gold

"Take pictures of friendly dogs I see when I walk around""I would use the camera phone to take pictures of my best friend, my dog Benson"

by Gary Ogden
01 Mar 2017

This projector turns anything into a touchscreen

We're living in the future

by Gary Ogden
28 Feb 2017

Everything we know about the new Nokia 3310

The brick is back

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

20 Things You'll Only Understand If You Owned A Nokia 3310

14 Feb 2017