A couple weeks ago XDA Developers unearthed evidence to suggest Google is hard at work on a new update to its Phone app that would allow users to record the audio from their calls. The last version of the app – 43.0.289191107 – featured a couple strings of code that listed the ability to record conversations. At the time it was unclear how the feature would work, or what it would look like within the app.
That all changed this week. The astute team at XDA Developers recently trawled through the latest iteration of the Google Phone app – version 44 – released last week and found out how it would work in practice. When making a call, a new button entitled “record” was shown in the Google Phone app. As the name suggests, this will initiate a call recording.
The app’s nifty functionality might not stop there. XDA Developers has also said it should be possible for users to view a transcript of recorded calls which, if true, would be incredibly useful for anyone that wants to re-visit any calls they’ve previously made.
Transcription is certainly one of Google’s fortes. The firm released its first ever Recorder app on the Pixel 4 back in October which includes a transcription feature. While far from perfect, the recorder app does take down the bulk of what’s being said from an individual. Better still, it also allows users to search through a transcription and start playing audio from a particular word to make things less tedious.
Unfortunately, XDA Developers said it was unable to take advantage of the Phone app’s transcribing feature in the current version. However, the outlet expressed confidence it should arrive when call recording debuts in full for all users.
The functionality for the new Phone app doesn’t stop there though. The app will apparently allow users to export audio to other devices as a .wav file. Nifty, right? When the call recording feature is activated, the app will display a prompt telling users to only leverage the feature in conjunction with applicable laws.
It will read: “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.”
The person on the other end of the phone will also be alerted when a user starts recording, too. Once the feature has been activated, an audio message will say: “This call is now being recorded”.
Similarly, it will also tell them when recording has ceased.
It’s currently unclear if the new recording feature will be available to all Android phones. At the moment only Pixel, Android One and Xiaomi devices come with the Google Phone app pre-installed by default. Some Android handsets, such as those from Samsung, don’t support the Google Phone app at all.
It’s also unclear when the new recording feature could release to Android fans. That said, Express.co.uk will let you know the moment it does.