According to Google, if a smartphone records calls using the pre-installed default calling app, it is not in violation of the company’s policy. The Play Store will blacklist all developers who provide third-party voice call-recording apps. From May 11 onwards, Android smartphone users without a built-in call recorder will be unable to record calls. Only third-party developers’ voice-calling apps will be affected by the Play Store’s new policy changes. Only the native system voice call recording function will be available, which is already provided by smartphones from Pixel, Xiaomi, and Samsung.
It’s worth mentioning that Google has long attempted to eliminate call recording on Android devices. It banned real-time call recording with Android 6 a few years ago, and call recording through the microphone was further restricted with Android 10. In any case, with Android 10 and later versions, the apps began leveraging the Accessibility Service to record calls. This, however, will no longer be the case as Google has amended its policy, which will take effect on May 11, 2022.
The native call-recording feature will keep working. Because system apps are pre-installed, they can acquire any permission.