Current Caller ID by Whitepages.com
Free for Android phones at the Google Play store
Like pretty much all cell phones, my Android has built-in Caller ID. But that hasnít stopped the people at Whitepages.com, the online telephone directory service, from trying to improve on the concept with a clever new Android-only app.
Normally when you get an incoming call from someone whoís not already in your smartphoneís address book, the screen just displays the callerís number. The Current Caller ID app checks the number against the Whitepages.com database, and brings up whatever it finds. So itís a lot more likely that youíll find out whoís calling you.
The app also figures out where the call is coming from, and then displays a weather report for that part of the country. It even flashes a news headline. Iím not sure I see the point of this feature, but itís rather cool.
If the caller is already in your address book youíll see all his usual data. But you can also set the software to connect to everyoneís favorite social networks--Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Now when the caller ID pops up, you also get a readout on the callerís recent tweets and Facebook postings, along with his recent SMS text messages to you.
Itís all seamless, painless and free. Current Caller ID will inspire envy from your iPhone-toting friends, and make your Android phone quite a lot smarter.