Android’s Phone App to Get Built-in Call Recording and Transcription

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Google with 9 Comments

Google’s new Recorder app on Android is pretty powerful. The AI-powered transcription features are quite useful, and Google is apparently planning to bring some of those features to more places in Android.

According to 9to5Google, the latest version of the Google Phone app includes some code that hints at some upcoming features. And that includes call recording, as well as call transcription.

Built-in call recording on the Google Phone app will mean that you will easily be able to record a call without needing a third-party app. There is a catch, though: as it is not legally allowed to record a phone call without the consent of both parties, the Phone app will actually play a sound that will announce whenever you start/stop recording a call.

Google is also going to notify users of their legal liabilities when they do use the call recording feature. “When using the call recording feature, you are responsible for complying with applicable laws related to the recording of calls. Please be aware that many jurisdictions require the consent of both parties for such recording,” notes a part of the app.

And with call recording, Google will also enable support for call transcription, which could work much as it does on the Recorder app. Being able to record a call in real-time on your phone could turn out to be really useful for some people, so this sounds really promising.

As for now, the new update isn’t actually out yet — these new features were just found in the code of the app, so Google is actually yet to enable the feature. When it does enable the new features, though, we will make sure to let you know.

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