A new update on the Google Play Store Developer Guidelines is in the works. What will it do? Well, it will stop apps from offering call recording features to Android users.
A post on Reddit by a user claims that a new Play Store policy will come into effect on May 11. It will prevent third-party apps from recording calls on Android devices.
Well, this is not the first time that Google has tried to remove call recording. During the Android 10 update roll out, Google had completely dropped the call recording feature on its devices.
Why is Google killing call recording apps?
Google said the move was taken due to privacy and security reasons. Another reason could be that call recording laws vary from country to country.
Post this move, various third-party apps like TrueCaller and ACR Phone began using the Accessibility API for recording calls. However, Google strongly criticized this and announced that the Accessibility API can no longer be used to record calls.
“The Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording,” Google said on its support page. “The use of the Accessibility API must be documented in the Google Play listing,” it added.
Google’s new policy change will affect third-party applications’ ability to use the Accessibility API to record calls. However, it won’t affect the ability of the native call recording feature on Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and other devices to record calls using the in-built phone app.
Google has clarified that this does not affect default dialer apps. “If the app is the default dialer on the phone and also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is not required to get access to the incoming audio stream, and hence, will not be in violation.”