​Cyanogen to bake Truecaller's anti-spam feature into dialler

Smartphones that ship with Cyanogen's commercial OS will get a dialler with Truecaller's anti-spam feature built into it.

Cyanogen has struck a deal with Truecaller to integrate its antispam technology into its OS' phone dialler.

The Android ROM maker will be making the new feature available as an over-the-air update to OnePlus and Yureka users, giving them the ability to identify the origin of incoming calls and ignore or block unwanted ones.

Truecaller's reverse phone number search and blocking app has become increasing popular, counting as many as 100 million users on Android. The Swedish company has many more users on both iOS and Windows Phone.

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Its app shows the location of the caller, but also provides feedback from other users who've received a call from a particular number and whether they have reported the number as spam. Ultimately, it helps users avoid having to answer calls from sales people or even fraudsters who claim to have found malware on a call recipient's PC.

Truecaller has also landed funding from VC companies including Sequoia Capital, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom's Atomico, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 2013 Truecaller partnered with Twitter in India, where mobile is the dominant mode of internet access, to let people see if a number is connected with a Twitter account.

Cyanogen hasn't said when its dialler with Truecaller baked-in will be available, but the company plans to make it an integrated dialler on future smartphones, such as the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+, that come pre-installed with Cyanogen OS. OnePlus and Cyanogen have confirmed the end of their partnership, but for now OnePlus devices remain covered by a two-year deal between the two companies.

The deal with Truecaller is the latest Cyanogen has struck to replace core elements of Google's services in Android and wrestle control of the OS away from the search giant.

To this end, Cyanogen recently agreed a partnership with Microsoft that will see it integrate Office, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Bing services with Cyanogen's commercial OS.

It's also struck a deal with email app Boxer to supply the Cyanogen email app that shipped with the recently released Lollipop-based Cyaongen OS 12.

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