Google's been working on a call recording feature for its Phone app for some time, and it looks like the wait is almost over. As previously anticipated, the feature has started rolling out in India, seemingly beginning with Nokia's Android One phones, according to an announcement from the company today.
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Google has been working on call recording in its Phone app for some time now — we've first seen some evidence back in January, followed by some screenshots and videos of the feature in action. It seems like the company is getting ready to roll it out to the public as first people in India share that they have access to it, which was first reported by XDA Developers.
Google's Call Screening service has allowed you to record screened calls for quite some time, but many people have been asking for a native solution letting them save any phone conversation. It looks like Google is working on introducing this functionality to its Phone app.
Call recording is a bit of a thorny issue when it comes to privacy. There are also different rules in different places, making it hard for Google to implement a standard in Android without falling foul of the law in certain jurisdictions. Android's official call recording API was removed in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so third-party app developers have had to be creative since then. As of Android 9 Pie, it looks like Google has put a stop to it altogether.
Shortly after bringing it back from the dead, it would appear that Google may have inadvertently broken call recording for a short period. For the last two weeks there have been multiple different user reports of problems with recording calls in Google Voice. Thankfully, the issue appears to have been resolved and recording is now working as intended.
Should you ever find yourself on the phone with Comcast and things start to go off the rails, wouldn't it be nice to just tap a button and start recording the call? Sure, but most call recording solutions are seriously janky. CyanogenMod might do a better job with its new call recording feature, but you'll have to enable it yourself, and it's not as simple as flipping a switch.