Social media giant, Facebook has come up with a new voice calling app called “Hello”, the same day on which iOS launched its WhatsApp voice- calling facility for iOS devices.
Hello is set for Android phones as of now and it is the seventh app created by Facebook Creative Labs that is outside of the periphery of Facebook. Earlier, the social media giant had come up with a video sharing app named Riff, a news reading app named Paper which did not get the expected exposure and success.
The main objective of Hello is to help the users know more about who is calling them. This function is similar to that of an app called Truecaller- which is currently a leading app in detecting unknown numbers. Facebook’s Hello is connected to Facebook and it will allow users to see additional information about the caller even if the caller is not in the contact list of the user. Hello basically runs an immediate Facebook search of any number you call or that calls you through the app.
Additionally, users can also select the degree of privacy they have with respect to how much information they can share with their callers. Options like Everyone, Friends, Friends of Friends, etc. are available. All the details will appear in the upper side of the screen and there is a feature to slide this information away when your phone is ringing.
Hello syncs your Facebook contacts with your default contact list and it also syncs details like profile picture, birthdays and other relevant information.
Hello also has its own interface of a dial pad and is aiming to replace the Android dial pad or the default dial pad of mobile phones with its own Hello version.
Hello is equipped with the blocking facility too and it will thus prove to be a relief against frequent unwanted callers. Also, the team leader of the team who developed the app, Andrea Vaccari stated that Facebook does not plan to monetize Hello as of now.
Hello is currently available in the US, Nigeria and in Brazil only. Download the Facebook Hello app.