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Facebook Hello brings caller ID, call blocking to AndroidThe social network weaves its way into your phone calls with Hello, Amazon tests delivering items to cars, and the LG Watch Urbane will soon try to challenge Apple.
Facebook is giving Android phones caller ID. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update. Facebook is entwined into many facets Of our digital lives, but now the social network is weeding itself into your phone calls. Facebook launched a caller ID app for Android phone. It's called Hello. It tells you who is calling even if you don't have that number saved in your phone. That's because Facebook has a massive database of phone numbers from its users. And it can match a phone number with a name. A majority of Facebook's billion plus users share their phone number with Facebook. However, this app will only tie your name to your phone number if in your privacy settings you allow people to look you up by the phone number you provided to Facebook. And by default, that's turned on for everyone. Now when Facebook matches a name and number, it also shows other information, such as where the person lives, their job, and how many friends they have in common with you. The details are based in what you're allowed to see if you visited their profile. If you can look up a restaurant, and if that restaurant is on Facebook. It will show you hours and directions along with caller ID. Facebook Hello lets you block calls from commonly blocked numbers. These calls go straight to voicemail. Facebook is growing its mobile audience, and that includes separate apps it owns including Instagram and WhatsApp. 300 million people use Instagram each month, 800 million use What's Up, and 600 million is using Facebook messenger. Facebook is making lots of moolah on mobile. 73% of it's advertising revenue, this past [UNKNOWN] Order came from mobile ads and a majority of people are checking into Facebook everyday on a mobile device. Now as Facebook expands its mobile reach, Amazon is expanding its delivery reach by delivering packages to the trunk of your car. As if getting a package to your door within an hour wasn't easy enough, next month Amazon is testing a way to put your junk in your trunk. The test is in Germany now with DHL and the German automaker Audi. When you check out You tell Amazon the location of your Audi car and when the DHL delivery person gets to a set GPS location they can digitally open your trunk for a moment without the keys, the package goes in and the trunk is closed. Yeah, I'm looking forward to learning how this won't be used by car hacking thieves. And speaking of deliveries, the Apple Watch will begin to show up on doorsteps Friday for some of the very first people who preordered two weeks ago. but another smart watch is also arriving soon, the LG watch Urbane is going on sale, in the U.S. Next week in the google store, It's the first Android wear watch to have the latest software feature that let's it work on Wi-Fi without your phone nearby. That's your tech news update, you can head on over to Cnet.com for more from our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.