Google's Phone App May Soon Support Call Recording

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Android has actually had some APIs for recording phone calls but those lasted until Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

If your work involves having to record some of your phone conversations (hopefully not for personal reasons), having a built-in or accessible feature on your device would be very useful.

A recent APK teardown done by XDA Developers revealed that Google's dialer app could soon come with a new nifty feature - call recording. The Google Phone app is the pre-installed dialer app for some Android devices but it does not have any features like that. A clear indicator or notice when a call is being recorded could already go a long way in warning users should they be caught unaware. Further evidence comes in the form of three new strings, two for "Record" and one for "Recording".

Google could be working on creating a more proper API for OEMs to hook into to provide call recording functionality of their own.

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When Xiaomi smartphones in Europe switched to the Google Phone app, some of their users complained that unlike their previous MIUI dialer app, this one had no call recording.

Some users have of course found workarounds.

The discovery was made on Reddit when a user manually updated Google's Device Personalisation app, causing the Live Captions interface to appear (via Android Police), with a few users chiming in to confirm.

What about you? Do you have a device that uses Google's Phone app, and would you find native call recording useful? According to XDA, there's nothing in the code that limits the feature to Xiaomi hardware, so we shall see what happens.

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