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No more call recording on Android: Google

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 15, 2018, 12:29 pm IST
Updated Aug 15, 2018, 2:02 pm IST
Google drops support for call recording on the latest version of Android.
Call recording apps can still function with rooted Android devices. (Representative Image)
 Call recording apps can still function with rooted Android devices. (Representative Image)

Android has been the choice for those obsessed with productivity on-the-go. For years, Android phones have been offering many features that rival iOS has restricted from its devices — connect external storage drives, advanced file sharing systems, call recording and much more. The call recording feature has been sought after by those productivity-seeking people, which also has been the reason why many still stick to Android. However, that case is about to change as call recording will now be a thing of the past on Android.

If a report from XDA Forums has to believed, Google has taken drastic steps to stop call recording on the latest version of Android. Developers of certain call recording apps have confirmed that Android 9 Pie doesn’t allow the call recording apps to function properly, thus rendering them useless.

 

However, since Android is an open-source platform, developers keep on finding ways to do what has been officially banned. Developers behind CallRecorder – ACR and BoldBeast Android Call Recorder apps have suggested that their apps can still work on a rooted Android 9 Pie device. The issue with rooted devices is that data security is compromised. Additionally, rooting is complex process for casual users and nobody would take such drastic steps to just redeem one feature.

This isn’t the first time that Google has taken such steps. When Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released back in 2015, Google withdrew the official call recording API. However, it allowed developers to come up with APIs of their own to keep their apps functioning, until now.

 

Therefore, if you depend heavily on call recording, it is advised that you hold on to the older Android Oreo-powered device until Google brings back a way for developers to make their call recording apps function again.

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