The Google Phone app has been working on call recording for some time now with the feature live in several regions. Now, the app is preparing an enhancement to call recording that sees Google Phone automatically recording calls from unknown numbers that aren’t in your contacts.
About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.
Automatic Call Recording
In a future Google Phone update, it appears that the app will enable users to turn on automatic call recordings in certain scenarios. As it stands today, places where call recordings are enabled require the feature to be manually turned on for each call.
With this change, it appears that Google will enable users to have the app automatically start a recording any time a call comes in from a number that is not in the user’s contacts. Google does note that, even though the number isn’t known, a message will still be played to all participants of a call notifying about the recording. A disclaimer reads:
You or the other person in your call might be somewhere that requires everyone to consent to being recorded. Everyone will be notified ahead of time that the call is being recorded. It’s up to you to follow laws about recording conversations.
Recordings are stored only on your phone.
Right now, it’s unclear when Google intends to launch this feature or if it will work beyond just numbers not saved to a user’s contacts. Still, it seems like a handy feature for spam callers or telemarketers. As someone who’s had the same call from Spectrum about TV 20 times, it’d be nice to have proof of that in the hopes they’ll stop (they probably still won’t).
<string name=”always_record_category_title”>Always Record</string>
<string name=”non_contact_always_record_dialog_message”>”You or the other person in your call might be somewhere that requires everyone to consent to being recorded. Everyone will be notified ahead of time that the call is being recorded. It’s up to you to follow laws about recording conversations.\n^1\n\nRecordings are stored only on your phone.”</string>
<string name=”non_contact_always_record_dialog_title”>Always record calls with numbers not in your contacts?</string>
<string name=”non_contact_always_record_positive_button_label”>Always record</string>
Some other strings in Google Phone v59 also relate to call recording, specifically with a new banner reminding users that call recording won’t work if a device runs out of storage and a new “delete all” button for clearing recordings.
<string name=”delete_button_label”>Delete all recordings now</string>
<string name=”how_it_works_title”>Call recording will be suspended if your phone runs out of storage. ^1</string>
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- Google Phone app updated dark and light mode settings now rolling out
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