One of the neat things about Android Lollipop 5.0 is the way it handles incoming calls. Gone are the days of a full-screen takeover that breaks you out of whatever you’re doing – that’s been replaced by a little notification that allows you to answer or decline without destroying your accomplishments in whatever app you happened to be using. L-Call brings this functional and useful feature to devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and higher.
The use of the app is pretty simple, unless you have call presentation selected. And that’s install, and when someone calls you’ve got a bar at the top of your screen that will pop up along with ringing your phone to let you know someone’s calling.
If you’re using Google Voice and call presentation, you’ll need to answer the phone, swipe down the status bar, press the phone entry which opens the full screen version of the phone, press the button to make the numbers appear, and then press “1” to answer the phone. So this is probably not all that useful for you.
My hope is that’s added as a feature in the future, as I have my phone dual-ring my cell and work phone when I’m at work. This tends to not work so well without the press 1 requirement as my work will pick up on voicemail.
The permissions are to call phone numbers (my assumption is this is required to answer a phone call), read your contacts (to display the incoming caller name), disable screen lock (so you can answer your phone without unlocking the screen), reorder running apps/retrieve running apps (not sure why, nor do I know how this could be malicious), draw over other apps (to put the status bar up,) change audio settings, and prevent phone from sleeping.
L-Call is available on Google Play for $1.24. If you’re wondering if it will work for you, there is a support thread on XDA you can locate with a trial version.
Download: Google Play