Facebook is reportedly testing a new app called ‘Phone’ that identifies and blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers.
Facebook is reportedly testing a Truecaller like app called ‘Phone’, which shows information about who is calling, and automatically blocks blacklisted numbers, according to a report.
Android Police says that several Android users have spotted the feature inside the Facebook Android app. Facebook describes the app as, “Phone is a new app that shows you info about who’s calling and automatically blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers.”
The app is very similar to called ID app ‘Truecaller’ which also identifies callers identity, has a reverse-look-up feature and also has a phone dialer app. Facebook already has a large database of its users’ phone numbers, so it will be easy for the social networking site to collate the information.
The report states, “Phone will block calls from commonly blocked numbers and show you detailed information about incoming calls, a lot like the White pages Caller ID app. Presumably, Facebook will also be anonymising your incoming call data for marketing and research purposes, because why else would they want to release an app like this?”
Facebook Messenger already has calling capabilities and Facebook has also launched the feature on WhatsApp. The dedicated ‘Phone’ app will help keep the functionality inside the main app, a strategy Facebook has been increasingly pursuing.
Recently Facebook introduced the ability to send and receive money through its messengers app. To use the new feature users have to link their Visa or MasterCard debit card to their messenger app and simply click on the dollar icon. Facebook has stated that it is not planning to monetize the feature as of now.