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June 02, 2011

Advanced Carrier Services Provider Metaswitch's Thrutu Adds More Functionalities for Instant Sharing

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Metaswitch, a provider of advanced carrier services and software solutions that enable the migration of communications networks to open, packet-based architectures, just revealed today that Thrutu (News - Alert), a mobile app designed to allow a user to share multiple types of information and media while on a phone call, has more than tripled its instant sharing capabilities.

According to a press release, Thrutu has 11 all new buttons in total that are now available. The PayPal (News - Alert) button enables users to make payments during a call in a secure manner while the Meet Me button helps people quickly find a meeting place in order to speak face-to-face, and will even suggest certain places that are located halfway between the two callers. The Shared Search button lets users search the Internet together and the Doodle function enables user to share their works of art in real-time while at the same time seamlessly integrating with Thrutu, so that when people first view your sketch they can add their own mark to it. The Coin Flip button easily settles arguments between by virtually flipping a coin, while the Mood Ring button can instantly let a caller know what type of mood you are in without uttering a word. 15 Together and Tic Tac Toe enable fan favorite games to be played on the Thrutu platform without any effect to your conversation. Some other new buttons include My Twitter that lets callers browse tweets together and Wish You Were? which shows the other caller your current local weather conditions.

“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,” said Liz Rice, vice president, Thrutu, in a statement. “With the launch of our APIs, it will be exciting to see what new ideas developers come up with to keep pushing the envelope of what a phone conversation can be.” 

Due to the newly update functions of Thrutu, users can now simply customize their Thrutu “drawer” which resides on top of the standard phone application, through either adding or changing the locations of their favorite buttons so they know exactly where they are when a call begins.

In another significant development which will strengthen its focus on offering advanced carrier services, Thrutu opened its button development APIs to third parties. This will allow for many possibilities for new buttons, as developers will be in a position to determine new ways to deliver improved interactivity, productivity and enjoyment to phone conversations.

“Developing on Thrutu is a simple and fast undertaking,” said ParasWadehra, an independent development consultant who participated in an early, private Thrutu button camp. “All Android (News - Alert) developers should seriously consider joining this beta. No other developer opportunity enables you to affect interpersonal interactions or phone conversations in this way.”

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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