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Technology Google’s Phone app may add support for phone call recording soon

01:00  16 january  2020
01:00  16 january  2020 Source:   bgr.com

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Google has been upgrading all of its mobile apps at a steady clip over the past several years, but one app that hasn't gotten much attention (and understandably so) is the Xiaomi recently announced that all of its phones sold in Europe would come pre-installed with the Google Phone app rather than the

However, it looks like they may be adding support for call recording soon , although if it will be for a certain brand only is still questionable. 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

Google has been upgrading all of its mobile apps at a steady clip over the past several years, but one app that hasn’t gotten much attention (and understandably so) is the Phone app. Found on Google Pixels, Android One devices, and some Xiaomi handsets, the Phone app is the app you use to make calls, but thanks to an APK teardown of a recent update by XDA-Developers, a new feature for the app might have been uncovered.

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According to XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, version 43.0.289191107 of Google’s Phone app, which rolled out for the Pixel 4 on Tuesday, has a new layout, a new icon, and strings of code that seem to indicate it will soon be possible to push a button during a phone call within the Phone app in order to initiate a recording.

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The latest version of the Google Phone app rolling out on the Google Play Store hints at enabling call recording support , likely for Xiaomi phones . An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application , but it is possible that any of the features we mention here

The Google Phone app is seemingly all set to add the Call Recording functionality following persistent requests from users around the world. As pointed out by the report, call recording was once relatively commonplace in Android phones , but for some reason, Google decided to deprecate the

As XDA notes, it was possible to use workarounds to record phone calls before Android 9, but Google closed them with the release of the Pie update in August 2018. Previous to that, Google actually used to include an official API for call recording, but it’s been several years, and unless you own an Android phone with its own custom dialer that has the capacity to record calls, the only way to do so was to root your phone. But it looks like the feature might finally make its long-awaited return in the near future, if the APK strings are any indication.

Unfortunately, there’s another possibility that could leave Pixel and Android One device owners in the lurch.

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Code added in the latest version of the Google Phone app suggests that it might support call recording in the future. It appeared in the app The code appeared in the Google Phone app soon after Xiaomi announced it would be switching to using Google ’ s dialer in Europe instead of its own

The Google Phone app is one of Google ' s lesser-known offerings. It is, in part, due to the fact that it only comes pre-installed on Pixels and Android One devices. A recent APK teardown by XDA Developers shed some light on strings that pertain to the Google Phone app 's call recording ability.

Xiaomi recently announced that all of its phones sold in Europe would come pre-installed with the Google Phone app rather than the company’s original MIUI dialer. This upset some users, but Xiaomi promised that despite the move to Google’s app, call recording would be “obtainable” in 2020, though it didn’t explain how or precisely when. Therefore, there’s a chance that Google will only enable the feature for Xiaomi. That said, this seems unlikely, and once the feature has been built for the app, it wouldn’t take much to get it on any phone.

In any case, the recording button has yet to be enabled in the Phone app, but if and when it is, we’ll be sure to let you know so you can start recording your phone calls without using a second device.

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