The Google Phone app is the default dialer on Google’s Pixel devices, Xiaomi phones sold in the EU, and Android One phones like HMD Global’s Nokia-branded smartphones. Much like other stock apps from the company, it doesn’t offer as many features as other default dialer apps from companies like Xiaomi. This means that Xiaomi users in the EU currently don’t have access to features like automatic call recording and flip to silence which are available on the stock MIUI dialer in other regions. Over the last couple of months, however, Google has been working to add new features to its dialer app in an effort to bring it to the same level as some of its competition.
Earlier this year in January, an APK teardown of Google Phone v43 surfaced evidence which suggested that Google was working on a call recording feature for the app. With the rollout of Google Phone v44 later that month, we were able to fully activate the feature to show exactly how it would work upon release. It seems like the feature is finally ready for prime time, as it’s now rolling out to some Nokia phones in India. According to a recent post on the official Nokia community forums, a Nokia 7 Plus user has already received the feature on their device. The user initially believed that they only got the feature because they were connected to a VPN server in the U.S, but we’ve now seen reports from users on Telegram that other Nokia 7.2, Nokia 8.1, and Nokia 7 Plus users in India have also received the feature.
As of now, the feature is only available for a small subset of Nokia users in the country and it’s unclear whether an app update or server-side config change triggered the feature. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Google is also working to add the flip to silence feature in the Google Phone app. The feature was recently spotted in an APK teardown of Google Phone v47, along with a new feature that will allow users to answer calls with 1-way video.
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Google has added a support page for call recording in the Phone app, essentially making the feature official. The page states that the feature requires Android 9 or higher, the Google Phone app, a supported device, and a supported “country or region.” The page does not disclose which devices and regions will be supported, though it’s safe to assume Pixel and Android One phones will make the cut along with India.
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