Truecaller has released an improved version of its Android app that now allows users to copy the OTP in incoming messages from the notification shade, without having to open the SMS app. This new feature is called Simply Copy OTP and it is rolling out to Android users now as a part of the version 8.69. In addition, the Flash messaging service of Truecaller has been improved that aims at eliminating the need for short calls like calling your friend to open the door.
The Truecaller v8.69 brings the Simply Copy OTP feature to all the supported Android devices. In order to use this feature, the user needs to enable the Truecaller SMS in the app. This way Truecaller SMS will become the default SMS app on your phone. The company hopes to reduce the clutter that your SMS inbox receives by sorting the OTPs.
In addition to the new OTP feature, Truecaller Flash messaging feature has also received a significant update. It now gains a call log history for all the ongoing Flash messages. “With flash messaging, you can avoid calling or writing a full-text message! It is a great tool when you need to ask a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions and avoid all the small talk. In fact, most SMS responses take around 15 minutes,” says Truecaller in a blog post. Basically, Truecaller Flash is a substitute for the short calls that are intended for really short, one-word answers.
While this update is for Android users only, there is no word on when the company is planning to bring the OTP feature on iOS. Given the heavily intact ecosystem of iOS, Truecaller may need to attain additional permissions in order to activate the OTP feature on iPhones.
Recently, Truecaller came under the scanner when it was mistaken as one of the Chinese apps that were ordered to shut services in India as they were susceptible to malware attacks. The concern was the huge database of the Indian citizens that Truecaller has archived so far. The company later issued a statement saying that it is a Sweden-based company and does not host any type of malware.