Thrutu Introduces New Features for Itneracting Outside of Phone Calls

Thrutu Introduces New Features for Itneracting Outside of Phone Calls

Oct 24, 2011

Thrutu, the service that allows phone calls to expand beyond just talking to another person, with an API to extend functionality to do things like send PayPal payments, has expanded to provide services to Thrutu users outside of phone calls. Entitled Thrutu Interactive, users can now interact with Thrutu users when not in a phone call with them. Meet Thrutu Interactive.

What Thrutu Interactive does is that it allows one user to notify another, through Google’s C2DM service to receive a direct push to their phone. The users can then share location, with the ability to have live location updating. Doodling is also possible, whether on top of a map, photo, or just random doodling for the sake of doodling. Just remember, drawing a mustache on people gets old after a while. Games can also be played, similar to the traditional Thrutu system. As well, all the services that use the Thrutu API to extend the service can be used with Thrutu Interactive.

According to Liz Rice, VP of Thrutu, “Our users tell us they love the interactive features on Thrutu, and they want to be able to use them outside phone calls as well. There is no other mobile app or service that lets you interact with another person in such a rich variety of ways – especially when third party developers can build even more Thrutu buttons based on our APIs. Now, for those times when you need to do more than just email or text, you can use Thrutu Interactive.”

Currently, Thrutu Interactive is only available on Android, but it will be coming to iOS and BlackBerry users soon, so cross-platform Thrutu users can take advantage of these features, and also get cross-platform text messaging as well. The update to Thrutu adding the Thrutu Interactive features is available now from the Android Market.

Thrutu Announces 12 New Features for Their Enhanced Calling App

Thrutu Announces 12 New Features for Their Enhanced Calling App

Jun 2, 2011

So, we have these supremely advanced smartphones, but yet phone calls have yet to really evolve at all. They still use the same ancient low-quality audio codec for two-way calling between two numbers, even while these phones are able to do things like play high-tech 3D games against dozens of other people simultaneously. So why should phone calls be the same old experience they have been since the days when cell phones were comically large? Thrutu has put their fist down on the table angrily and said “No, sir!”

Thrutu’s app allows for users in a phone call to interact with each other and exchange information. Users can exchange their location, exchange photographs, share contact info, and even prod another user’s phone to make their phone vibrate suddenly. The last feature is meant to be fun, clearly.

However, Thrutu isn’t just resting on their laurels with these features, as they are adding 11 new features to the app that are launching in a new update today. Here is a list of the new features being added to the app:

  • PayPal: Now Thrutu users can send money to each other directly mid-phone-call. This makes demanding money from people in phone calls easier than ever!
  • Meet Me: This feature suggests activities and places to go to that are located halfway between two users – no longer will anyone have to suffer the awkwardness of waiting around for someone at a restaurant!

  • Doodle: Users can share sketches on a blank canvas or even sketch on locations and photos; if someone really needs to be convinced that they should grow out that handlebar mustache, they can now see it in real time!
  • Coin Flip: When actually flipping a coin with someone isn’t possible, let the digital equivalent make decisions instead!
  • Mood Ring: A way for one party to let the other know how they’re feeling in a playful way.
  • Games: Two competitive games have been added, including Tic Tac Toe and 15 Together.
  • My Flickr/My Twitter: Users can read Twitter streams together, as well as viewing Flickr photostreams.

  • Wish You Were Here: Users can now share their local weather forecast with the other caller. Just remember, Texans: while we get to wear shorts during the winter occasionally, our summers are quite rough. Don’t brag too much.
  • The app allows for customization of the Thrutu drawer for quick access to commonly-used features. As the vice president of Thrutu, Liz Rice, says: “The buttons we’re announcing today just give an illustration of the kinds of sharing and game-playing capabilities that are possible with the Thrutu platform.” All of these features were developed thru Thrutu’s developer APIs, so more features could be coming soon to the app from creative developers. Thrutu’s new update should be available now from the Android Market and Amazon Appstore.