Truecaller has announced some big changes for version 8 of its app at an event in New Delhi, outlining some major India-specific features at the occasion. Interestingly, the company has tied up with Google to add Duo integration for video calling.
Google Duo hasn’t joined hands with any other service as a third-party add-on till date. The partnership should be an interesting one, allowing Truecaller to boast of video calling support within its app and Google to widen its user base. The melding of the two will be rolled out over the course of the next couple of months for Android and iOS.
It should be noted that Google Duo integration will arrive as a permission-based service, meaning people can opt in or out any time. Other than venturing into the world of video chats, Truecaller is also expanding into the payment sector in India by collaborating with ICICI Bank.
Truecaller Pay will be powered by the brand’s Mobile Identity Platform and operate as a peer-to-peer payment solution to transfer money via phone numbers. Individuals will be able to create their Virtual Payment Address (VPA) in the application and then proceed to conduct transactions with any Unified Payments Interface (UPI) supported bank.
Another India-only feature is a subscription-based service called Airtel Truecaller ID. The tool is meant for feature phone Airtel users who want to filter out spam calls without using up data. It’s supposed to send a flash SMS containing an unknown number’s identity before a call hits a person’s phone.
Truecaller 8 will further bring with it smart SMS skills to automatically identify unknown messages and block spam right inside the main app rather than relegating them to Truemessenger. There’s also a new flash messaging feature which lets people quickly send pre-defined texts or emoji to contacts when they’re in a hurry or in distress.