Truecaller released version 12 of its Caller ID app on Thursday with a list of new features. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of Video Caller ID, which allows users to post a short video that will automatically play when they call friends and family. Truecaller 12 also features a redesigned user interface with separate tabs for calls and SMS messages. Truecaller also has a built in call recording feature to record incoming and outgoing calls. The updated Truecaller also offers Ghost Call and Call Announce functions for paying users.
Video caller ID allows you to set a short video that will automatically play when you call your phonebook contacts. You can either record a video for Caller ID or choose from the four pre-installed templates. You will also see the video caller ID from your phonebook contacts and verified business calls.
You can manage your video caller ID and whether you would like to receive video caller ID from companies and contacts by clicking. walk settings > Caller identification from the latest Truecaller app. In particular, the video that you set as the caller ID is saved in the Truecaller cloud.
The updated Truecaller app also has a streamlined user interface where you have separate tabs for calls and SMS messages. This is different from the existing interface where you have a home shortcut to access calls and Truecaller for SMS.
With separate tabs, you can now access all of your SMS, truecaller group chats and direct chats with just one tap, the Sweden-based company said in a press release.
Truecaller also said that Truecaller for SMS has over 15 crore users.
The new Truecaller update also brings call recording, which was first introduced for premium users and recently launched for beta testing. It’s now available to all Truecaller users – including paid and free – who have a phone running Android 5.1 or higher.
Calls recorded with Truecaller are stored locally in the device memory and can be shared with others via email or any messaging service. The call recording function is available as an option and must be activated manually using the latest Truecaller app. In addition, users can record voice calls through either the app’s full screen or pop-up caller ID interface.
Truecaller also said in its press release that callers will not be notified if their calls are being recorded with the app.
In addition to adding new features for all users, Truecaller has separately enhanced the user experience for its paid subscribers by introducing the Ghost Call and Call Announce features. Ghost Call allows users to pretend they received a call from their contacts.
You can set any name, number or photo to appear like you are receiving a call from that person using the ghost calling feature. You can also select a contact from your phone book that you want to display as a caller on your phone. In addition, you can schedule a ghost call to appear on your phone at a later time.
Truecaller says the Ghost Call feature is designed to help people get out of difficult situations and play harmless pranks on friends.
The second feature for paid Truecaller users is the call announcement feature, which lets the app speak the caller ID out loud for incoming phone calls. It works for both saved contacts and numbers identified by Truecaller’s caller ID database. The feature will also be available for normal and Truecaller ID voice calls. Users can also enable call announcement while wearing headphones.
In particular, Ghost Call and Call Announce will both be available exclusively to Premium and Gold users. While Truecaller Premium is available at Rs. Gold membership costs Rs. 2,500 a year for 529 per year or Rs. 179 for three months.
Truecaller said the new features will be rolled out gradually to all Android users in India and several other countries soon over the coming weeks. Some of the features are already available in beta. However, there is no word on when we were able to see them on the iOS version of Truecaller.
Earlier this week, Truecaller announced that it has 300 million monthly active users around the world, with 73 percent of them in India alone.