Trucaller

Truecaller has announced three new integrated features into its mobile app: availability (online/offline) status of contacts, call history feature that replaces unknown numbers with names and a built-in dialer that allows an user to make calls directly from the Truecaller app.

In 2014, Truecaller introduced an alternate dialer app called Truedialer for Android and Windows Phone that provides information about the number users are about to call and also allows them to search unknown numbers on Truecaller.

The company mentioned in a blog post that the Truedialer app remained as a standalone feature, “which had not evolved since the introduction of the smartphone”. This could mean that the latest shift towards integrating the dialer corresponds to the growing smartphone usage, worldwide.

The latest update will begin rolling out to users on Android today, and will reach all users in the coming weeks. Existing Truedialer users will be gradually upgraded to the new Truecaller experience, the post added.

Recent updates from Truecaller:

– In February, Truecaller launched an SDK called TrueSDK, that will let app developers verify users via their phone numbers and login using their Truecaller profiles.

In October 2015, Truecaller reported that it had crossed over 100 million users in India. Truecaller claims to have a database of 1.7 billion numbers from the country and blocks over 120 million spam calls daily. The company planned to hit 150 million users in India by the end of 2015.

-In September, Truecaller introduced an ‘availability’ feature on its Truedialer Android app where users could turn their availability to on and off. For this, both the users trying to call each other need to set Truedialer as their default calling app for to see these details, implying that the feature will be visible to only other Truedialer users.

-In July, Truecaller launched an Android messaging app called Truemessenger, which claimed to have an automated spam filter, for the Indian market. Truemessenger would essentially do what Truecaller does for phone calls: identify the sender of the SMS through its claimed 150 million wide user base, especially for contacts outside a user’s phone book.

-In May, OS-maker Cyanogen partnered with Truecaller to make the caller ID and blocking service app as its default native dialer app. The platform would roll out this integration in future OTA updates for OnePlus One and YUREKA users, as well as integrate it in future smartphones that came preloaded with Cyanogen OS. The feature would also be integrated in upcoming versions of the OS and be available for all users across the globe.

Intex partnership: In December, Truecaller partnered with Intex to integrate Truecaller and Truedialer in its Aqua Young smartphone devices. The handsets were priced at Rs 5,090 and are available online and at offline retailers.