Cyanogen confirmed that it has recently entered into partnership with Truecaller. Part of the deal involves integrating the latter's web-enabled caller ID feature into devices that run the Cyanogen OS.
Truecaller's web-enabled caller ID works by showing the identity of an incoming caller to the user's device. The same thing is achieved even when the caller is not among the user's list of contacts. The app can also display feedbacks on the incoming call which came from its past recipients. Such feedbacks would indicate if the number of an incoming call was reported as spam and how many times it was given with the spam evaluation.
This "spam-identifying" feature helps users to avoid and eventually block calls from annoying sales people or even from pranksters. Currently, the app has more than 100 million users and performs around 2 billion monthly searches. Its database keeps around 1.7 billion numbers wherein callers who have been marked as a scammer or a solicitor are displayed with such labels in the Truecaller's caller ID.
"Thanks to our awesome global partnership with Truecaller, you'll be able to screen calls via Caller ID and block unwanted spam directly from the native dialer on Cyanogen OS," says Cyanogen on its official blog post.
Dave Herman, Cyanogen's VP of product development, added that apart from identifying the nature of the call, the feature also allows the user to report bad numbers. This type of feature can be a very essential tool among emerging markets which are believed to have a high number of cases of spam calling.
"Truecaller is a global search company that empowers over 100 million users to not only identify numbers and block spam but also perform 2 billion searches per month," added Cyanogen. "We're excited to bring these enhancements in our next dialer release."
The integration with Truecaller is part of Cyanogen's upcoming software update due to launch in the next couple of months. The team is yet to announce the exact release date of the new feature although users should expect for the roll out to begin soon.
Recently, Cyanogen had also entered into an agreement with Microsoft. This is in line with the integration of the latter's Office, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype and Bing into the company's OS before the end of 2015.