New developer policies will take effect in the Google Play Store starting May 11, allowing the search company to crack down on external call recording apps. Under the new measures, third-party apps will not be able to use the Accessibility API to record voice calls. The search company believes the change is intended to improve security and privacy.
Preinstalled system applications will not be affected by the restriction, as they can access anything. Pixel’s and Xiaomi’s factory call recorders, for example, are an exception;
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After the deadline, the call recorder apps currently available for download in the Play Store will be virtually unusable if they do not comply with the new policy, and there is a good chance that they will be deleted from the store later. “The Accessibility API is not designed to record a voice call from a remote call, and there is no way to request it” – readable in the company’s developer program policies.
As of Android 10, native call recording has disappeared from the operating system, but third-party programs have begun to take advantage of the loophole reported by the Accessibility API. Critics say Google’s latest move will only make users try to circumvent the system by turning to even less reliable sources.
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