Mostly known for its Caller ID feature, Truecaller is now up for Android and iOS devices with a new an audio conversation segment with its new Open Doors app. It is similar to the audio social app Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces.
The Open Doors is a communication platform that can be used by both existing Truecaller users and new users to start and join audio conversations. These audio conversations will then invite other people through what Truecaller calls, the ‘network effect’.
Once your contact joins a conversation, their friends will also be invited, and this cycle will carry on. Although Truecaller notes that the conversation data itself is not stored, these conversations will be moderated in real-time.
Some of its features include control over your contacts being alerted every time you join in a conversation and reacting to what other people are saying. The app will also offer precise control over how it notifies users of new Open Doors conversations.
Another interesting feature is that participants in a conversation cannot see each other’s phone numbers, with only the names and profile pictures visible during a conversation. Users are also in complete control over their personal data as the app requires only two permissions – contacts (to help you connect with those in your address book) and phone (to allow audio conversations).
Open Doors is completely free and will be available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Truecaller also claims the app experience is seamless across both platforms.
To get started with Open Doors, Truecaller users can simply login with a single tap, while new users can bind their phone numbers with the app and verify it with a missed call or OTP. The app is currently available in English, French, Hindi, Spanish and Latin. There is a chance Swahili among others languages will be added to the interface later on if required by users.
While some software performance testers have welcomed the arrival of Open Doors, many wonder if it will not go the way of Clubhouse that has seemingly lost traction, and most people already use Twitter Spaces to have these conversations. Open Doors must deploy the right incentives to remain relevant in a dwindling segment.