15 January 2020
As per an APK teardown of the Google Phone dialer application's version 43.0.289191107, XDA has spotted Google working on a new feature that will prove to be useful for many users. This new feature is the call recording ability within the Google Phone dialer app that comes pre-installed on all Pixel-series and Android One smartphones.
The folks at XDA noticed a new layout, icon, and other assets related to call recording functionality. These assets suggest that the team is working on allowing users to record audio calls made using the app. One of the code strings is about in-call support for call recording which can be helpful when you want to record only certain calls. It will eliminate the need for enabling the feature for all audio calls.
This is undoubtedly a welcome addition as many users were left unhappy when Google decided to remove call recording functionality in Android Oreo. All major third-party call recording apps were still offering the feature but Google closed all workarounds of the feature with Android Pie release. It means unless a smartphone maker was offering call recording natively on its devices, there was no way you could have made it work.
It should be noted that the Google Phone call recording feature has only been spotted in APK teardown. It means there is no guarantee that Google will actually release the feature. It is quite possible that it may change its mind but no matter what it decides, we will keep you in the loop.