Few years ago Google did a strange change in their default Android contact application – they removed groups from it.
For me personally, this was a disaster since it destroyed my very usual usage pattern: without keeping in my mind name of a contact (like a doctor or car service company) I usually simply navigated to the corresponding group and selected proper contact from very few there. And this very native and simple functionality was gone.
To cover the gap I had to install “contacts+”. Contacts+ is a good application, however, it pretends to cover much more functionality which I do not need. And since it is a feature reach app it shows you ads in your in a free version. Moreover, Contacts+ group navigation usability was not the best for me. Still, I found nothing better. So, I had 2 contact apps: Contacts and Contacts+ in my app list, what is kind of strange.
The good news (I like good news): Google gives back what it took away. Google published their new contact application to the google play and made it available for all phones running Android 5+. Earlier, this was a luxury option for Pixel owners only.
Now I could uninstall Contact+ and … still have 2 contact apps in my apps list. Now they are called “Contacts” and, ta-da, “Contacts”. Correct, two apps with the exactly the same name. The first one is pre-installed and cannot be removed, the second one is the one this post is about and which I just installed from play store. This again shows that pre-installed, unremovable applications are evil.
What I still wonder is, why has google removed groups from contacts that time. But, most probably, I never hear the answer.
PS: “new” contacts application from google can be downloaded from google play here.