Truecaller recently announced it was partnering with Google to enable users make video calls within its app. The announcement was made last March, and since then, users have been looking forward to when they would be able to make video calls within Google Duo. The wait is over as Truecaller has now integrated the Google Duo video call functionality within its app.
Users of the app will now have the additional ability to do other things besides using it to identify or stop annoying calls. Once you update the Truecaller app for iPhone to the latest version, you will notice the new Google Duo functionality within the Contact section under a selected contact, reports NDTV. With this new integration, you will now be able to make video calls in addition to being able to make voice calls.
Perhaps, you still haven’t seen the new feature after updating your Truecaller app to the latest version. Well, one of the conditions for using this feature is to separately download the Google Duo app on your iPhone. Google wants to make its video calling app Duo, more popular, and integrating it within the Truecaller app is one of the best ways to go about it.
Any hope for Android users? No word yet from Truecaller, but we hope it won’t be long until we see a version for the Android OS. Perhaps, the next update will take care of that, but for now, iPhone users should just keep enjoying making video calls within the Truecaller app on iOS.
One big issue users are most likely to complain about is how the Truecaller app will have to redirect them to the Google Duo app whenever a video call is initiated. This looks odd to me, and one users are likely to be embittered about. This doesn’t look to good to me considering the fact that users will be made to go through a long process just to make video calls.
One isn’t really sure what Google is up to these day with its slew of chat apps. Chat apps such as Duo and Allo were launched last year despite a couple of apps not really doing well in the market. However, Google’s partnership with Truecaller could open up Duo to more possibilities, and could help it hold its own against competition.
Also last March, Truecaller announced a new partnership agreement 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].
“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.