Is there way to call a number displayed on the phone (as part of text, although support for images would be nice too) that takes less steps than:

  • long press to switch into text selection mode
  • adjust selection begin and end to match the number
  • tap the "copy" icon
  • press/tap the "home" button
  • tap the Dialer icon
  • long press on the number field
  • tap "Paste"
  • tap the Call icon ?

I see there is an app that dials a number from the clipboard, but that only shaves off one or two steps.

Also this question is mentioned many times on the web, but I did not find any conclusive answer/solution.

Note: There is a similar question that is specific to phone numbers that appear on websites (and has no answers anyway).

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Google Now on Tap on Marshmallow does something similar but not perfectly

Long pressing the Home brings up the Google Now on Tap with various options , one of them being calling the number listed ( others being- text, share and add contact). The number gets pasted on the telephone app without any user intervention. One can directly call from there

  • This is from a resturant search using an app. It works well in this case

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  • This is from a random telephone directory search on mobile browser (details blacked out for obvious reasons). Here, it picks up only the first number, so this option is a hit and miss , if there are several numbers in the image

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  • Well, that covers one tenth of users (based on Android dashboard reporting 10% users having Marshmallow)... Jun 19, 2016 at 15:17
  • Agreed, but pointed out one way, others may come up with alternatives
    – beeshyams
    Jun 19, 2016 at 15:18

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