Truecaller today announced a strategic agreement to integrate Google Duo, a high quality video calling service, within the Truecaller app.
Along with news of this integration, Truecaller announced a completely new redesign of the Android app, which allows you to filter SPAM messages and the ability to send Flash Messages.
If you haven’t heard about Truecaller yet, it is a service that finds contact details globally given name or telephone number, and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality. It also integrates your social media accounts to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays
New SMS Feature:
This feature allows you to instantly see who’s SMS’ing you and filter out all spam messages. Spam SMS account for 15% of all SMS messages sent globally, and represents 1.2 trillion spam messages each year.
Flash Messaging allows you to send quick pre-defined messages to any Truecaller user to let them know if you’re in distress, you’re on your way, your location, or that you’ve reached home.
While speaking at this partnership, Nami Zarringhalam, Co-founder and CSO of Truecaller said that, “We are excited to take the next step in our journey, bringing all your mobile communications under one roof and giving you the safest, most efficient, and most convenient experience possible without having to switch back and forth.”
Amit Fulay, Head of Duo at Google said that, “Video calling should work for everybody, regardless of what platform they are on. Our aim is to make video calling simple, fast, and available to everyone. With this Truecaller integration, we’re able to bring a better video calling experience to millions of new users.”
Integration will roll out in the coming months:
Truecaller integration with Google Duo will be available in the coming months for Android and iOS as a permission-based service, where users will be able to opt-in and out at any time.