Google finally decides to curb the third-party call recording applications and Truecaller is making the required changes. Under this, the company will remove all the call recording applications from Play Store. To avoid a ban by Google, Truecaller announces that it will not offer its call recording feature from May 11.
The development comes soon after Google announced that it has updated its Play Store policy restricting the access of third-party applications to the Accessibility API from May 11. Google brings this change to provide more privacy to Android users, and to comply with call recording laws globally.
Truecaller is not going to offer its call recording feature from May 11
From May 11, Google will prohibit all call recording apps from the Google Play store. So, if you want to record voice calls on your phone, you’ll have to rely on your smartphone’s native call recording feature. If your smartphone lacks a built-in call recording feature, you will be unable to record calls after May 11.
It is to be noted that first-party dialler apps and the Google Dialer pre-installed on phones will still allow users to record phone calls, in specific regions.
Truecaller releases a statement regarding this change that said, “Call Recording on Truecaller was free for everyone, permission-based, and required users to enable the feature using the Google Accessibility API.” The statement also added that the company introduced this call recording feature for all Android smartphones after receiving an overwhelming consumer demand. However, as per the updated Google Developer Program policies, they can’t offer the feature any longer.
Truecaller clarified that this will not affect devices that have call recording built into the device natively. Few smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus, and Oppo among others offer their built-in call recorder feature. This will continue to work even after May 11.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH CALL RECORDING APPS?
Google has been taking action against call recording for a few years now. Google says that with the Android 10 version, the call recording feature won’t be available for users, as part of its privacy and security strategy. All call recording apps, including Truecaller, use Accessibility API for offering this feature. Now, Accessibility API covers a lot of aspects and rogue developers find that it is misusing these permissions to track users.
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