Truecaller is a popular application on Android. Apart from providing caller ID, it also has many other functions, one of which is call recording. The popular feature will soon be unavailable for many users. Google has decided in favor of making Android more secure.
Google claims to have updated the Play Store policy to restrict third party apps from accessing features like call recording. To remain in compliance with the App Store, Truecaller will be removing the call recording feature from May 11.
The Call Recording feature requires Accessibility API and will not be accessible to third party users. Not all Android users with Android 10 or newer operating system will be able to access the features of third-party call recorder apps. However, some phones come with built-in call recorder such as Xiaomi and Redmi. These will continue to be available. Even the pre-installed Google dialer in the phone will be able to use the call recording feature.
Truecaller claims that they introduced the call recording feature for Android users due to “heavy consumer requests”. The call recording feature by Truecaller was free for all users, but required access to certain Accessibility APIs. The Google Developer Program has now been updated to restrict Truecaller’s access to this API.
In its new developer program policy, Google stated that “the Accessibility API is not designed and cannot be requested for remote call audio recording.” This means that all call recording apps will lose access to this feature by May 11.
Google mentioned this during a webinar on YouTube, the statement said, “Remote call in this context refers to audio recording where the person on the other end is unaware of the recording. Therefore, if the app is the default dialer on the phone And also pre-loaded, the accessibility capability is not required to access the incoming audio stream and therefore will not be a violation. Since this is a clarification of the existing policy, the new language will be applicable to all apps from May 11. ”
Android 12 comes with more features to ensure security, including indicators for using the microphone or camera. The user will know if any of their smartphone’s camera or microphone is in use by a green dot on the top right corner of the screen.
Truecaller users on Android will no longer be able to record calls from this date, which first appeared on BGR India.