Cyanogen inks deal with Truecaller to embed antispam technology into Cyanogen OS

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Cyanogen on Thursday announced it has entered into a partnership with Truecaller to embed its antispam technology into its OS’ phone native dialer.

Truecaller’s web-enabled caller ID informs user about the identity of the incoming callers, even if they’re not in the user’s contact list. The app also provides feedback from other users who’ve received a call from a particular number and whether they have reported the number as spam. This feature ultimately helps users to avoid answering calls from sales people or even fraudsters. The app is being used by more than a 100 million people and conducts around 2 billion searches per month.

The deal will see Truecaller’s caller ID service on future smartphones such as the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ that come pre-installed with Cyanogen OS out-of-the-box. The Android ROM maker also confirmed that Yu Yureka and OnePlus One users will receive the feature in a future OTA (over-the-air) update. The company hasn’t mentioned a specific date as to when the update will be available.

“On a regular basis, we all experience the annoyance of unwanted calls, incoming numbers we don’t recognize, and overzealous telemarketers who can’t seem to take no for an answer. 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,” the Cyanogen team noted in a blog post announcing the deal.

“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. We’re excited to bring these enhancements in our next dialer release.”

“Cyanogen is all about giving users control and putting the “personal” back into mobile computing. As with any app we make available through our operating system, you have the choice to use or uninstall an app based on your individual preferences. From a development perspective, we’re continuing to work hard in building an open platform vision that surfaces the best experiences through more seamless integration.”

Recently Cyanogen also agreed a deal with Microsoft that will bring native integrations of Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Microsoft Office into Cyanogen OS later this year.