On Android 6, Google disabled real-time call recording, and on Android 10, Google disabled in-call audio recording so over microphone. According to a post , Google is launching a new Play Store policy that will effectively bar third-party call recording apps from the Play Store starting May 11th.
To access the audio functionalities on Android devices, such apps now use the Accessibility API (intended for people with disabilities).
Is Accessibility Tool can be used by apps that provide a core component that directly supports persons with impairments, according to the policy. “Apps that are just not qualified for
Is Accessibility Tool flag can’t just use, and they must comply with clear disclosure and consent criteria.” “The Accessibility API is not meant for distant call voice recording and cannot be enabled.”
Because of privacy concerns, Google has been gradually removing call recording from Android. On Android 6, it was mostly prohibited, and in Android 10, the usage of the microphones for call recording was removed.
Using the Accessibility API was the last resort for call recording apps.
“Remote in this sense relates to call voice recorder in which the people on the other side is uninformed that the monitoring is taking place,” Google explained in a webinar video.
The change will not affect dialer apps like Google Phone and Mi Dialer that have native call recording features.
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“Accessibility capability is not necessary to get access to the incoming audio stream if the app is the default dialer on the phone and also pre-loaded,” said Google content global operations lead Moun Choi.
“As a result, there would be no violation.” Because this is a clarification of an existing policy, the new language will take effect on May 11th for all apps.”
It’s unclear whether the new policy would result in existing call recorder apps being removed from the Play Store.