Truecaller Introduces Voice Communication App Open Doors
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
An app designed to aid communication among users via audio connection has been introduced by the world’s leading global communications platform, Truecaller.
The initiative, Open Doors, was launched on Wednesday and it will ensure safe, secure and private audio conversations among users after it is installed on the smartphone.
According to the firm, more features would be added to Open Doors based on feedback from users.
Truecaller said some innovations are already in the works after a small beta tester group, including the ability to set a close circle of contacts (so that others in contacts who have Open Doors will not always get a notification when a conversation is started), the ability to react to what people are saying and precise control over how the app notifies of new conversations.
The company said the app could be used with just one tap, especially for existing Truecaller users by signing in and for a non-Truecaller user, the phone number will be verified using a missed call or OTP.
The app needs only two permissions: contacts (so that you can share Open Doors, or connect with people in your contacts who also have Open Doors) and phone permission (needed to have audio conversations). Participants in a conversation cannot see each other’s phone numbers.
As a user of Open Doors, you are in complete control at all times. You can start a conversation and leave at will. Your friends can join conversations when they get a notification or by clicking on a link you share. At launch, the app interface will be available in English, Hindi, Spanish, Latin and French, with more languages to be added later on user demand.
Once your friend joins the conversation, their friends will be invited too. Through the network effect, you can be joined by a large number of people very soon. Do keep in mind that conversations are real-time and moderated by the community, just like Truecaller. They are not stored anywhere and neither can someone listen in without you knowing. We expect participants to foster a safe, inclusive, respectful environment during conversations.
“Thanks to Truecaller being 13 years in the business, we’ve spent a great deal of time learning about how people communicate,” said Nami Zarringhalam, co-founder of True Software Scandinavia AB.
“Our new app Open Doors was born out of a simple question – how can we help people make new connections without being intrusive? And this is what we want to do: to bridge the world using the most natural form of communication, our voices,” Zarringhalam added.