Maybe you have not noticed, but your contacts, messaging, and calls are also apps. That means you can replace them, just like almost everything else on Android. Well, maybe you cannot actually remove the standard pre-installed apps (at least without rooting your phone first), but on the other hand you can install Truecaller and make it the default application. You might be wondering why would you do that. What makes Truecaller better than what you already have?
Truecaller: Caller ID & Dialer, as it is pompously named on the Play Store comes to replace two major functions of your phone, calling and SMS messaging. After being installed it will put three icons on your spring board for calls, messaging and contacts. These can replace your standard docked icons.
The Dialer is composed of a search bar, a bar for recent contacts and a recent calls list. What's noticeable here is the ergonomic style that Truecaller has going for it. The dial pad can be brought up into view and dismissed very easily. The recent calls can be grouped by contact. You can also initiate a call or send a message by swiping left or right, respectively on the specific entry. Recent contacts can also be pinned in order to be more easily accessed in the future.
Searching contacts with Truecaller is quite interesting. If you watch the presentation video you will notice that Truecaller is supposed to identify unknown incoming calls. That is only partially true. When you start using Truecaller you will need to set up an account. Truecaller will get your name (of your choice), and your phone number. From this database users can identify each other. So unless your caller also has Truecaller installed, you will still be unable to identify him. However, when it comes to searching, you can find users that are beyond your contact list. For example, you can find a long lost friend (in case he also has Truecaller installed). It should be noted that you need to be connected to the Net for this identification to take place...
The messaging screen also features a spam filter. Any message that does not come from a locally identified source will be sent to the spam folder. However you can quickly un-tag these contacts. Truecaller will generally include carrier service numbers and other contacts that are still relevant without being part of any contact list.
Truecaller can block recognized numbers from calling you, but you can also manually block any contact or number manually.
- Ergonomic layout
- Online number search by name
- Unknown contact identification
- Block filter
- SMS Spam filter
- Groupable recent calls list
All in all, you're not exactly losing anything besides a part of your privacy when choosing to use Truecaller. But then again, you may have already sold your privacy to Google and Facebook, so there's no big deal. The advantages of using Truecaller are considerable. Besides the well thought out interface and block filter, Truecaller expands your contact list by integrating it with a large base of users. To be more precise this is done without mingling contacts, which is rather nice too. The bottom line is, the more people are going to use Truecaller, the more effective it will become.