Truecaller on Thursday unveiled version 12 of its Caller ID processor with a list of new features. The arrival of the video caller ID is one of the biggest additions, allowing users to set up short video that runs automatically when calling friends and family. Truecaller 12 comes with a redesigned interface that brings separate tabs for calls and SMS messages. Truecolor also integrates a call recording feature to record incoming and outgoing calls. The updated Truecaller also brings Ghost Call and Call Announce features to paid users.
With the Video Caller ID, you can set up a short video that will automatically run when your phone calls your contacts. You can record video for the caller ID or choose from four pre-loaded templates. You will also start to see the video caller ID from your phonebook contacts and verified business calls.
You can manage whether you want to get your video caller ID and video caller ID from businesses and contacts Settings > Caller ID From the latest Truecaller app. Specifically, the video you set as Caller ID will be stored in the Truecaller Cloud.
The updated Truecaller processor also offers a streamlined interface where you can have separate tabs for calls and SMS messages. Unlike its existing interface, it has a home shortcut for accessing calls and Truecaller for SMS.
With separate tapes, you can get all your SMS, Truecolor group chats and live chats all in one go, the Swedish-based company said in a statement.
Truecolor also claims that Truecolor has more than 15 crore users for SMS.
The new TrueColor update also brings the call log, which was first introduced for premium users and recently introduced for beta testing. It’s now available to all Truecaller users – including paid and free, with phones running Android 5.1 or later.
Calls recorded using Truecaller can be stored locally in the device storage and shared with others via email or any other messaging service. The call recording feature is optional and must be activated manually from the latest Truecaller application. Additionally, users can record voice calls from the app’s full screen or pop-up caller ID interface.
Truecolor also stated in its release that callers’ calls will not be asked with notice of whether they have been recorded using the processor.
In addition to the new features for all users, Truecolor has individually enhanced the user experience by bringing Ghost Call and Call Notification features to its paid subscribers. Ghost Call allows users to pretend to have received a call from their contacts.
Using the Ghost Call feature you can set any name, number or photo to make it look like you are receiving a call from that person. You can select a contact from your phone book that you want to display as a caller on your phone. Also, you can schedule a Ghost call to appear on your phone later.
Truecolor says the Ghost Call feature is meant to help people get rid of sticky situations and play harmless pranks with friends.
A second feature for paid Truecolor users is the call notification feature, which allows the app to speak the caller ID aloud for incoming phone calls. This will work for both stored contacts and numbers identified by Truecaller’s Caller ID database. This feature is also available for normal and Truecaller ID voice calls. Users can also enable call notification when wearing headphones.
In particular, both Ghost Call and Call Notification are only available to Premium and Gold users. Truecaller premium is Rs. 529 or Rs. 179 for three months, Gold membership amount is Rs. 2,500 per year.
Truecaller has announced that in the coming weeks new features will be gradually released to all Android users in India and soon to many countries. Some features are already available for access in beta. However, there is no word on when you will see them in the iOS version of Truecaller.
Earlier this week, Truecaller revealed that it has 300 million monthly active users worldwide and 73 percent of its users are in India alone.