If you are someone who gets his or her fair share of nuisance calls or wrong numbers, then the first thing you would do is to install a Caller ID app. One such app is Truecaller.. Available on Android and iOS, it provides a suite of services such as a dialer that offers caller ID, spam detection, messaging filtering etc.
Recently Truecaller announced a strategic agreement to integrate Google Duo within the app itself. If you haven’t used it before, Google Duo is a high quality video calling service available for both Android and iOS platforms.
With the latest update to Truecaller (version 8) and the agreement with Google Duo you can use the app to be your default SMS inbox, identify unknown senders, block spam messages and specific numbers, and integrate flash messaging for sending quick requests. It will also allow you to have sessions of information with your contacts, such as your location or an emoji or two. Interestingly, Spam SMS account for 15% of all SMS messages sent globally, and represents 1.2 trillion spam messages each year.
In addition, you will also be presented with an icon to quickly video chat with your contacts through Duo. This would aid in adding an additional layer of communication that Truecaller hopes would strengthen the value of the company’s app.
I’ve used Truecaller for a while now and it has pretty much replaced my stock dialer. It may be a bit confusing to use at first but as you use it, you realize how easy it is to navigate between your contacts and your call log. It’s especially helpful in identifying spam calls from marketers and also gives you a notification if a certain call has been reported as spam and gives you the ability to block the number later.
Truecaller’s integration with Google Duo will be available in the coming months for Android and iOS. The service will be permission-based so if you’re interested in the service, you will be able to opt-in and out at any time.
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