The North American technology company will introduce a new policy for the platform Google Play Store that will effectively nullify the usefulness of applications android third parties that allow recording of calls received and/or made by the user.
The changes will take effect from May 11th and will make call recording apps for Android obsolete starting next month. However, these changes will not affect native apps from different manufacturers for the same purpose.
End of the line for Android call recording apps on the Play Store
There is a new program policy for programmers with entry into force scheduled for the 11th of May that will put an end to this type of applications for Android. The changes will make applications that allowed recording calls on Android obsolete and useless.
The news was advanced on the platform Reddit by user NLL Apps account of changes to the use of the Accessibility API by programmers. According to Google itself, the “Accessibility API was not designed and cannot be requested for the remote recording of a voice call”.
Google clarified this issue during a recent webinar for developers, seen below.
It is important to note that Google has gradually, but irreversibly, removed the API’s that allow you to record calls in different versions of the Android operating system. It does so under the aegis of user privacy and security, but also because these recordings are locally regulated by different legislation depending on the country / legal order in force in each nation.
Android call recordings will be a sight of the past
Take, for example, the blocking of all call recording applications made already in Android 10. However, programmers would end up resorting to the use of the Accessibility API to try, and until then, to circumvent this restriction.
As of the 11th of May, however, it will no longer be possible to use this shortcut to avoid the blocks imposed by the North American technology.
It should be noted, however, that native applications from various manufacturers such as Xiaomi’s Mi Dialer, present in MIUI, will not be affected. The same applies to the possibility of native call recording on Google Pixel smartphones.
In short, pre-installed apps can get all the permissions the user wants/grants. The same does not apply to third-party apps, available through the Play Store, for example.
Finally, it remains to be seen what will happen to developers and their applications that do not apply the changes by the date stipulated by Google.
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