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Jun
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Out of all the things that we use smartphones for these days, calls come in pretty close to last. We're too busy texting, taking pictures, surfing the web, getting directions... you get the idea. What if we could incorporate all of these things into our phone calls though? That's exactly what Thrutu aims to do, and the newest update to the app makes most of that possible. Here's a video to get a better idea:

Every feature isn't highlighted in the video, though - it can actually do even more than that. Here's a breakdown of each option, directly from the Market listing:

  • Location: callers can see each other’s position on a map, updating live as they move.
  • Camera: snap and share a photo during a call
  • Doodle: instantly share sketches - or annotate maps and photos - during a call.
  • Gallery: select and share a photo from those already stored on the phone.
  • Contacts: share contact details that will appear instantly in the other caller’s address book.
  • Prod: for the first time, you can convey touch in a phone call! Playfully poke the other person by causing their phone to vibrate during the call.

It's also possible to install buttons developed by the community, using Thrutu's APIs. Here's a few:

  • PayPal: send money, instantly and securely, to the person you're talking to
  • Meet Me: quickly find the best place to meet in person
  • Shared Search: search and browse the web together
  • Coin Flip: make decisions or settle arguments with the flip of a coin

Another really cool feature of Thrutu is Google Voice integration. If you don't want to use it with your primary mobile number, or you use Google Voice exclusively, then (once activated) Thrutu will seamlessly integration with Voice.

Unfortunately, Thrutu is near-useless on 3G CDMA phones (unless you're on Wi-Fi) due to the lack of simultaneous data and voice. Still yet - it's a really cool concept, and could prove to be quite valuable (if you can get everyone you know to use it, of course).

You can grab Thrutu for free in the Android Market.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Chris

    You suck, Verizon.

    • thunderbolter

      verizon does not suck. the Thunderbolt uses data and voice at the same time because it has a new multipurpose chip. I bet all future phones will, and LTE also works this way.

  • emoney

    Funny how their demo has the HTC Droid Incredible in it....but without the Verizon branding...ummmmmmmmmmm sorry but no voice and data at the same time......Demo Fail.

    • http://goo-inside.me/ DrMacinyasha

      That was the first thing I thought. Also like how they had to cover up the four buttons at the bottom with fake ones.

  • Blake

    this sucks that this will NEVER be mainstream and you'll probably have to have every single friend on this...which isn't going to happen...thus it's going to fail just like Fring and all those video chat programs that a small % of users with FFC actually use.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I think the idea is to have people you care and interact with the most use it, rather than hoping everyone on your contact list will. I'd say start with your family and see how it goes.

  • Taylor

    Prod, huh? I can see where this is going ;)

    • Cameron Summerson

      haha, I thought the same thing while I was writing this.

  • Paul

    meh. My Mom, brothers, wife, mother-n-law and uncle-n-law are all on Android (mainly thanks to me) so it'd be kewl to have them put this on it. At the very least my wife and I can run this. Intriguing.

  • demus

    gonna get this app! Yes! I love my GSM phone! ( Captivate Unlocked) Sorry CDMA People

    • Rami

      luckily i have a droid charge and 4g is in my area. Great quality voice calls and super fast speed data at the same time. HAHA

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The Thunderbolt can actually use 3G while on a call, so Tbolt people can use this app as well.

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