There is no doubt that call recording is a problem when it comes to digital privacy. Some jurisdictions do require two-party consent for the record to be legal, the lack of which would be the violation of privacy of the uninformed person. Even then, Play Store consists of many third-party call recording apps for Android. With the release of Android v9 Pie, however, things may change. The developers of Call Recorder – ACR said in an official forum post that users would have to root their devices for installing the app on devices running on Pie and later. Another popular developer is also making the same statement.
This means that Google is removing the option to enable call recording for developers out there. With the latest updates on effect, users will have to bypass the standard set of restrictions to enable call recording. It should also be noted that Android Pie is already packed with some privacy-friendly features. Considering that, the decision to not allow developers offer call record makes enough sense. This is not the first time Google is trying to control the call recording functionality. Since it removed the call recording API in the Android v6.0 Marshmallow, developers were finding it tough to implement the feature.
Now that the feature itself would be unable to be implemented, this would put a lot of developers under big threat. It’s not clear how many people are ready to root their devices for enabling the call recording feature. In related news, there were updates that Google is working on a fine-line feature for call recording. It was proposed that a beep sound would be produced every 15 seconds the call is being recorded so that the other person can be notified. There were also some claims that Android v9 Pie would be coming with inbuilt call recording feature. So, far there is no confirmation regarding both.