New Delhi: Google is poised to implement a new policy that will result in all third-party apps offering call recording capabilities being removed from the Play Store. The tech giant had removed the call recording feature by default with its Android 10 operating system.
According to media reports, Google’s new policy will come into effect on May 11th. As part of the upcoming policy, Google will prevent third-party apps on the Play Store from using the Accessibility API used to record the call audio stream.
Google pointed out that the Accessibility API is not designed to record audio from remote calls and cannot be requested. The new changes aim to improve user privacy and security.
However, Android users can still enjoy call recording features through pre-installed apps. Google will allow such system apps to continue using the Accessibility API, which helps users record their phone calls.
For example, Pixel and Xiaomi smartphones will continue to offer their customers call recording capabilities with their dialers. However, users cannot download third-party apps that offer recording features.
According to a report by the Android Authority, Google considers the feature as a native call recording feature in Pixel and Xiaomi smartphones.
In a developer webinar, a Google moderator pointed out that if the app is the default dialer on the phone and it’s also pre-installed, no accessibility features are required to gain access to the incoming audio stream. “It will not be an infraction,” the moderator added. Also Read: SBI Customers, WARNING: Bank Urges Customers Not to Take Calls from THESE Numbers
In the past, several call recording apps have reported user privacy and security issues. For example, an app called “Call Recorder” has exposed thousands of its users’ conversations, TechCrunch reported in March 2021