Android P could reportedly include native call recording feature

Android P’s developer preview is reportedly just around the corner.

  • Published: February 5, 2018 12:32 PM IST

Although Android Oreo hasn’t arrived just yet for a lot of smartphones, we’ve already begun hearing some buzz around the next Android version – Android P. The latest leak indicates that it may feature native support for call recording.

This feature was suggested by a number of commits that were discovered in the main repository of the Android Open Source Project, which was first reported by Android Headline. Apparently, some codes refer to the existence of “call recording tone”, that would presumably be played once users press the corresponding button in order to start recording their conversation.

“The tone itself is said to be of the 1,400Hz variety, meaning people of all ages should be able to hear it without any issues, with one of the commits referring to it revealing that it’s meant to be played every 15 seconds while the conversation is being recorded, presumably as to remind the person who didn’t initiate the recording that it’s still participating in one,” the report says.

Although, one of the newly discovered commits suggests that the feature is presently pending “regulatory compliance requirements”. That is because should Google move forward with implementing the feature, it will likely change its terms of use so as to account for relevant laws across the world.

Further, it is also possible that Google is planning to make the particular feature available to third-party developers, suggesting the tech will be offered as part of an application programming interface (API).

The Android P is widely expected to be recognized as the Android 9.0, and its first developer preview is very close to its rollout. Not all new features are available in these developer-centric early alpha versions, but the majority of changes made by Google are up there. Which means, as soon as the preview comes out, we could soon be hearing a lot about the new version of the operating system.

  • Published Date: February 5, 2018 12:32 PM IST