Truecaller adds an ingenious new feature that lets you dial a number by scanning

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Credit: https://thenextweb.com/apps/2017/09/06/truecaller-now-lets-you-dial-numbers-and-make-payments-with-a-quick-scan/#.tnw_qMgBKATA

Truecaller is a hugely popular caller identifier app that many people can’t do without. The app has truly come of age, and has added many cool feature in recent months. To make the app even better and more attractive to everyone, Truecaller has added an ingenious way to help you dial any number just by scanning with your phone’s camera.

No matter how skewed or badly written a phone number is in print, the new Truecaller feature will be able to scan it and dial it automatically, TNW reports. Point your phone camera at a number or on a signage, and Truecaller will scan and dial it for you. This update is so helpful, especially to people who find it difficult to read badly written numbers in print. It will also help you avoid dialing the wrong number when you have an issue with recalling it from memory.

There is another dimension to this new update too—users in India will also be able to scan a number to look it up and send money to their owners through Truecaller. What this means is that users of the app in India can now make peer-to-peer payments just by using the Truecaller app. These two new features are bundled in version 8.45 of the caller-identifier app.

Truecaller recently teamed up with Google in a big move that could see the caller-identifier app compete big time with WhatsApp in India. The company inked a deal with Google that would see the Truecaller app integrated with Google Duo and payment.

The Google partnership is one of several other deals announced by the Sweden-based company last March. The deal will see Google’s video calling app, launched in 2016, integrated with Truecaller, reports TechCrunch. What this means is that users of the app will have the additional ability to do other things besides using it to identify or stop annoying calls.

Peer-to-peer payment is getting very popular these days, and Truecaller, and the company partnered with ICICI Bank to enable peer-to-peer payments between Truecaller users. As expected, the bank will be responsible for providing the technological backbone. Called Truecaller Pay, the new payment service will be available to users in India, but is open to users of any bank in the country [India], the two companies announced.

India has played an important role for the innovation we bring to our users. As our product has matured, so has India as a market which made it more organic than ever to build more meaningful services on top of Truecaller,” Alan Mamedi, Truecaller CEO and co-founder said in a statement made available to TechCrunch.

Have you updated your Truecaller app to version 8.45? Have you been able to use the new feature to scan a number and make calls? You can leave us a comment via the comment section below, we would love to hear from you.


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Author: Ola Ric

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