The Google Contacts app is an essential on every user’s smartphone and in fact comes preinstalled on most modern Android devices. What’s more, it’s just gotten a new update to version 1.5, whose main novelties include accessibility improvements to its interface and indispensable features that up to this point were only available on the desktop version: tags and an automatic system for merging duplicate contacts.


If you go into your contacts you can pull out a sidebar where you’ll find the new Duplicates section. This shows a list of your repeated contacts, and a separate button for each one lets you merge them together without losing any information. All the phone numbers, addresses, and numbers associated with IM tools will go into a single entry. (You can also do this online at

The other big change is to managing tags between contacts so you can organize them into easy-access subcategories in your sidebar. To add new entries to an existing category just go into the contact and tap the corresponding icon at the top right of the screen.



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