Truecaller on Tuesday announced some new changes and features for its Android app with Truecaller 8. Some of the major new features include SMS inbox, flash messaging, and Truecaller Pay. Apart from these new additions, Truecaller also announced its partnership with Airtel to launch Airtel Truecaller ID.
Starting off with Truecaller 8, the newest update to the caller ID app brings some useful new features such as SMS inbox which lets you see who's messaging you and filter out spam messages. The company says that spam messages account for 15 percent of all SMS messages sent out globally and represent 1.2 trillion spam messages each year. The new smart SMS features automatically identifies and blocks unknown, spam and telemarketing SMSes as well as blocks SMS by name and number series.
Truecaller 8 for Android also introduces flash messaging support that lets you quickly send out pre-defined messages (including emojis) to any Truecaller user if say you're stuck in a meeting, or driving, or in an emergency, or any other reason for which you're unable to take the call.
The most notable new feature is Trucaller Pay, which adds the company to the growing list of payments app in the country. With Truecaller Pay, you will now be able to send and receive money securely over your smartphone. The new feature was launched in partnership with ICICI Bank. Users will be able to create their own personal Virtual Payment Address (VPA) in the app, after which they can send and receive money using any UPI ID, or mobile number registered with the BHIM app. Additionally, this feature will be available for both ICICI and non-ICICI users.
Truecaller also announced a partnership with Airtel to launch Airtel Truecaller ID which lets Airtel non-data users that use feature phones receive Flash SMS of unknown numbers before they receive the call. This allows feature phone users to better avoid spam calls.
The feature will start rolling out in April and all feature phone users on Airtel will be able to subscribe to the service.