With the release of Android 9 Pie, a number of new features have been added. But also, there seem to be some regressions. While we noted the existence of a call recording tone added in February of this year, it appears that this has simply been added for consistency. Now Android Pie has completely blocked call recording without root.
There was already antecedents
This is not the first time that Google has questioned call recording without root. In fact, the company has been doing it for quite some time.
Back with the release of Android Marshmallow, Google removed the official call recording API; letting developers create their own way of doing it. That was fine as these solutions worked just as well, or even better than, the official API.
The CallRecorder developers – ACR and BoldBeast Android Call Recorder have confirmed that Google has closed the solution used to record calls; leaving the root-only methods as the only way to record your phone calls.
While the legality of call recording changes from country to country, it’s strange that Google takes steps to completely block it worldwide. Some countries only require the consent of a single party; And even with the consent of two parties, there are many reasons why a phone call can be recorded.
The addition of a beep was considered an acceptance that call recording would take place independently, however, Google is cracking down entirely.
It is possible that a non-root method will be discovered in the future, but it seems unlikely. For now, you will be forced to use root-enabled apps to record any of your phone calls. This may not be the case, but it can still be a hindrance for many people. We will make sure to let you know if the call recording status in Android Pie changes in the future.