On Thursday, Truecaller launched version 12 of its caller ID app with a list of new features. One of the biggest additions is the arrival of a Video Caller ID that allows users to set a short video that plays automatically when calling friends and family. Truecaller 12 also comes with a redesigned interface that offers separate tabs for calls and SMS. Truecaller has also integrated a call recording feature to record incoming and outgoing calls. The updated Truecaller also provides Ghost Call and Call Announce features for paid users.
With Video Caller ID, you can set a short video that plays automatically when you call your phone book contacts. You can either record a caller ID video or choose from the four pre-loaded templates. You’ll also start seeing video caller ID from verified phonebook contacts and business calls.
You can manage your video caller ID and whether you want to receive video caller ID from companies and contacts by going to Settings > Caller ID From the latest Truecaller app. Notably, the video you set as the caller ID will be stored in the Truecaller cloud.
The updated Truecaller app also offers a simplified interface where you will have separate tabs for calls and SMS. This is in contrast to the current interface where you have a home shortcut to access calls and Truecaller for SMS.
With separate tabs, you can now access all your SMS messages, Truecaller Group chats, and live chats with just one click, the Sweden-based company said in a press release.
Truecaller also said Truecaller for SMS has more than 15 crore users.
The new Truecaller update also brings call recording, which was first introduced to Premium users and recently launched for beta testing. It’s now available to all Truecaller users – including paid and free users – who have a phone running Android 5.1 or later.
Calls recorded with Truecaller are stored locally on the device’s storage and can be shared with others via email or using any messaging service. The call recording feature is optional and must be turned on manually from the latest Truecaller app. Moreover, users can record voice calls either from the Full-Screen interface or Pop Up Caller ID of the app.
Truecaller also said in its release that callers will not be prompted with a notification about whether their calls are recorded using the app.
In addition to the new features for all users, Truecaller has separately enhanced the user experience for its paid subscribers by providing Ghost Call and Call Announce features. Ghost Call allows users to pretend to receive a call from their contacts.
You can set any name, number or photo to make it look as if you are receiving a call from that person using the Ghost Call feature. You can also choose a contact from your phonebook that you want to show as a caller on your phone. Moreover, you can schedule a Ghost Call to appear on your phone at a later time.
Truecaller says the Ghost Call feature is meant to help people get out of tough situations and play harmless pranks with friends.
The second feature for paid Truecaller users is the Call Announce feature which will allow the app to speak aloud the caller ID of incoming phone calls. You will work with saved contacts and numbers identified by Truecaller’s caller ID database. This feature will also be available for both regular voice calls and Truecaller ID voice calls. Users can also enable Call Announce when wearing headphones.
Notably, both Ghost Call and Call Announce will be available exclusively for Premium and Gold users. While Truecaller Premium is available at Rs. 529 years or Rs. 179 for three months, Gold Membership at Rs. 2500 per year.
Truecaller said that the new features will be rolled out gradually to all Android users in India in the coming weeks and many other countries soon. Some features are already available to access in beta version. However, there is no word on when we can see it on the iOS version of Truecaller.
Earlier this week, Truecaller revealed that it has 300 million monthly active users worldwide, 73 percent of its users in India alone.