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APK teardown reveals the Pixel 4's Google Phone app getting native call recording support

The Google Pixel 4 will soon get the ability to record calls.
The Google Pixel 4 will soon get the ability to record calls.
An APK teardown has revealed that Google will be bringing native call recording functionality to the Google Phone app in Pixel devices. The updated Google Phone app will allow users to record, transcribe, and export the recordings. It will also prompt users on either side of the call whenever recording is initiated or terminated.

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Even though stock Android does not expose call recording abilities to the user, many custom OEM ROMs and several third-party dialers offer this feature. Owners of stock Android phones such as the Pixel lineup have no option but to root their devices in order to enable call recording via third-party apps. Now, it looks like Google will bring native call recording to the Google Phone app albeit limiting it to select Pixel devices, such as the Pixel 4

XDA Developers could confirm that the call recording feature exists in version 44 of the Google Phone app. Although strings indicating call recording could be found in an APK teardown of version 43, the latest version actually enables most of the functionality.

Once the feature is activated, the Phone app will show a Record button that can be used to initiate or terminate a recording when a call is in progress. Upon pressing the Record button for the first time, users will see a message stating, "When using the call recording feature, you are responsible for complying with applicable laws related to the recording of calls. Please be aware that many jurisdictions require the consent of both parties for such recording". Apart from this, the Phone app also plays a pre-recorded message to both the parties whenever you tap the Record button. The message states, "This call is now being recorded" when recording is initiated, and "Call recording has now ended" when recording is stopped. 

Recorded calls can be played back directly from the call log and can be exported as a .wav file for sharing. The feature also allows for viewing transcripts of the call, but it looks like the feature isn't working yet at the time of reporting.

Google will be rolling out an update to the Google Phone app to all users in the coming days. However, there is a possibility the call recording feature may be initially limited only to select Pixel and European Xiaomi devices. 

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Call record button in the Google Phone app. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
Call record button in the Google Phone app. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
Recorded calls can be played back directly from the call log. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
Recorded calls can be played back directly from the call log. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
Google Phone will eventually offer transcripts of recorded calls. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
Google Phone will eventually offer transcripts of recorded calls. (Image Source: XDA Developers)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01-29 (Update: 2020-02- 1)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.