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Upgrade your Android dialer experience with Ready 2.0

Want to ditch the dialer on your phone for something a bit more intuitive? Check out Ready 2.0 to help you stay in touch easier and faster.

Ready 2.0. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Whether you're using the stock Android dialer or a proprietary one, you may want to try an app that displays your contacts with a bit of finesse. The Ready 2.0 app -- recently out of beta -- seeks to replace your dialer and contacts apps by offering more intuitive ways to interact with your connections.

From providing quick links to add contacts, to allowing you to initiate calls from third-party apps at the tap of a button, Ready makes connecting easy.

Start by grabbing a copy of Ready 2.0 for your Android 4.0+ device. After installing, you'll be prompted to decide whether you want Ready to have access to your notifications. If you say no, missed calls will appear in the status bar on your device. If you say yes, missed calls will appear in a bubble that floats on your screen like Facebook's Chat Heads. The other permissions you may want to adjust are those dealing with your Google account. For instance, you may not want the app to see all people in your circles.

Ready 2.0 main menu and contacts UI. Nicole Cozma/CNET

The other major feature of note is the quick access to alternative contact methods after you hang up a call. Instead of just seeing a summary of your call time, the phone bubble will appear on your screen, allowing you to contact your connection via text, email or third-party apps like Viber or WhatsApp. The developer says the app will also support links to Hangouts messages in the future.

Ready 2.0 themes and predictive dialer. Nicole Cozma/CNET

You can use the Ready 2.0 app for free, but you can grab the Pro version for $2.99. Unlocking the Pro version gives you themes, a predictive dialer, and a ringtone pack. If you're not keen on the idea of paying $2.99 for a dialer, share a referral code with friends and start accumulating points you can use to unlock the Pro features within the app. For more information on this process, check out Ready's FAQ.

What do you think of the Ready dialer replacement? Do you think it's easier to use than your stock option, or is it still missing something? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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