Tired of the stock phone call and contact interface? A new app called Ready from the development team by the same name aims to change that and give you a beautiful and intuitive new contact list and calling interface that will quite possibly make you enjoy using your actual phone calls again. The app renovates a few things, but most importantly it makes using the “phone calls” part of your device a lot easier and integrates all kinds of great stuff into it. To kick things off, this app is in beta stages right now so the only way to get the app and install it on your own device is to first join the Google+ community which I’ll link to below, and you’ll have to opt in to the beta and from there you should be able to hit the link to on the Google+ community to download the app from the Play Store. The team at ready mentions that it may not show up right away, and sometimes can take a few hours for the app to show up after you have opted to be a beta tester.
Now for the good stuff. Ready is a completely new and fun way to interact with your contacts list and make phone calls. Not only does it change then entire UI, it adds in useful stuff like shortcuts after you tap on a contact. You’ll see shortcuts to call and text which are obvious, but there is also a “meet” button which jumps you to the calendar app to set up an event for the person you’re about to call. There’s also an email button you can tap if you have that person’s email contact information listed as well.
Other things that are given a renewed life are the caller screen,(really, it looks gorgeous) and the contact list is beautiful too. Your contacts are set up as a scrolling list of cards, which you can swipe left or right to navigate through, and if you want to jump right to a specific contact you can do so by tapping on the letter that their name starts with. After doing so a nice little scroll dial pops up where the letters used to be which you can also use to scroll through your contacts. Overall ready is a beautiful piece of work but it has a bunch of added functionality as well which makes it a nifty little app.