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You might be able to record voice calls with Google's phone app pretty soon

Call recording hasn't been natively available on the platform without rooting since Android 8.

Published onJanuary 14, 2020

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 teardown was done on the Google Phone app version 43.0.289191107 on a Pixel 4.

It revealed a possible new layout, icon, and a few other assets regarding call recording in the dialer, including an in-call button to initiate recordings. Call recording hasn’t been possible on stock Android versions without rooting since Android 8 Oreo. Google closed workarounds app developers used to enable this functionality in Android 9 Pie, presumably for privacy and security reasons.

We aren’t sure why Google would implement call recording back into its native phone app again, but we aren’t complaining. By default, the app comes on all Google Pixel devices, Android One devices, and even Xiaomi devices. Hopefully, if you are running a compatible device, you should see this functionality soon.

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Unfortunately, APK teardowns cannot officially verify if a feature is coming or not, and this situation is no different. And even if Google does implement it, we aren’t sure if it would be limited to certain devices or not. Apparently, this is a feature Xiaomi device owners have been wanting for quite some time, so it would make sense they would get the feature, though that’s just speculation at this time.

What about you? Do you have a device that uses Google’s Phone app, and would you find native call recording useful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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