Google is Killing All Call Recording Apps on Play Store from Next Month

Google is Killing All Call Recording Apps on Play Store from Next Month in 2022

Google has officially decided to implement new Play Store policies beginning May 11 that will prohibit third-party applications from recording call audio streams using the Accessibility API. Google had already decommissioned the feature for Android 10 devices.

This policy will not affect the system or pre-installed applications that already have access to the Accessibility API. According to Google:

The Accessibility API is not intended for remote call audio recording and cannot be requested.

The updated policies are Google’s initiative to improve privacy and security, as call recording laws vary widely worldwide.

Native call recording functionality on phones such as the Google Pixel or Xiaomi devices, on the other hand, is an exception that will not be affected by the policies.

Google clarified:

If the app is the phone’s default dialer and is also pre-loaded, accessibility capability is not required to access the incoming audio stream, and thus the violation will not occur.

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