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Truecaller for Android gets new Spam tab for messages and in-app themes

The spam tab on Truecaller will help users filter unwanted calls as well as bulk messages.

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Truecaller has evolved a lot over the time while maintaining its core feature, an intensive online directory of mobile numbers. The app has been the go-to app for many when in times of need or to figure out the caller behind the unknown number. Truecaller has now updated its app with new features than just being an online directory. The company has now rolled out in-app themes and the much sought after the Spam tab feature. Also Read - Truecaller will now show 'why someone is calling you'

Also Read - Truecaller data of 47 million Indians breached, company denies

While Truecaller did have an option to report a particular number as a Spam number, there was no way for users to segregate the SMS into messages from users and Spam. The new Spam tab will now aid users in keeping promotional messages or the classic mass spam forwards at bay. The new feature is aimed at helping users stay safe from fraud and also ignoring messages or calls that are unnecessary, simply cluttering the inbox. Also Read - Truecaller streamlines communication with redesign for Android and iOS; crosses 1.2 million Premium subscribers

Coming to the new themes in the app, Truecaller users can now change the color inside the app. They can choose from different combinations and use the shades provided by Truecaller – Royal, coffee, gray, dark, and pitch black. There are also certain other design changes the latest version of the app comes with. The two major new updates are available in version 8.21 for Android. Currently, the new features are only for Android users and Truecaller has not mentioned whether they will be rolled out to iOS users. ALSO READ: Truecaller rolls out flash messaging for Apple iPhones

Certain other minor changes are also included in the new update, like recurring pro subscriptions, flash messaging themes and saving MMS. Additionally, users can change the status of all messages to “mark as read” in block view. Truecaller is also enabling users to block or view profiles on incoming flash messages. The changes come even as a Truecaller report says that India is among the top countries dealing with Spam calls. The new Spam tab is aimed at reducing the number of spam Indians filter through. ALSO READ: From Shareit, Truecaller to UC Browser, here are 10 most downloaded Android apps in India other than WhatsApp, Facebook Lite

The Truecaller Insights Special Report shows that the average Indian receives almost 22.6 spam calls in a month – that’s nearly one daily, discounting the weekend – spammers need a break too. Close behind is USA on the second position whereas Kenya and Morocco receive the least spam calls in a month – barely 7.7. The spam calls ranged across the same categories in all the countries – operator calls, debt collection, bank, political, health, spam, telemarketing, financial service, scam and insurance. Top spammers in India continue to be network operators and those providing financial services. ALSO READ: WhatsApp testing picture-in-picture feature for video calling on Android O

As explained by Truecaller, “The data in the article was aggregated anonymously from incoming calls that either has been marked as spam by users or automatically been flagged by Truecaller during the period of January 1st, 2017 to May 31st, 2017 to understand the monthly average spam rate. During this period of time, our users received over 5.5 billion spam calls.”

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  • Published Date: July 20, 2017 3:51 PM IST



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