Google to remove call recording apps: Android users will no longer be able to record calls after today


Google would fall heavily on third parties call recording apps on android smart phones. From May 11, app developers will no longer be able to offer the call recording feature through third-party apps. The company recently made some changes to its Google play store The policy and one of them is to kill call recording apps on Android. Under the new policy, apps are no longer allowed to use the Accessibility API for call recording on Play Store.
What this means for Android smartphone users
This means that Android smartphone users who use a smartphone without a built-in call recorder will not be able to record calls after May 11. However, the new policy changes, first spotted by a Reddit user of NLL Apps, only affect third-party call recording apps. The native call recording feature will still work as usual. So, if a user’s smartphone has an inbuilt call recording option, they can continue to use it. It means they can record calls but not with third party app. Phones that offer call recording are Xiaomi, some Samsung phones, and Google Pixel. This is because system apps can get any permission as they are pre-installed on the phone.
The search giant has been struggling for some time to stop call recording on Android devices. It blocked access to real-time call recording on Android 6 and further restricted call recording via microphone on Android 10. However, call recording apps have started using the service accessibility to record calls on Android 10 and later. Google also clarified the policy changes during its developer seminar. “If the app is the default dialer on the phone and also preloaded, the accessibility capability is not required to access the incoming audio stream, and therefore will not be in violation,” the presenter said during of the webinar explaining the Google Play Policy Updates.
The changes were first spotted by a Reddit user NLL Apps. According to the changelog, the ban includes:
* Two-way real call recording including Bluetooth/Headset
* Call recording from microphone or speaker
* Silent audio recording


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