The Google Phone app is the pre-installed dialer application on Google Pixel smartphones, device in the Android One program, and most recently, Xiaomi smartphones sold in Europe. When Xiaomi announced that all of their phones sold in Europe would come pre-installed with the Google Phone app, some users were disappointed because that would mean losing the ability to record phone calls, a feature present in the stock MIUI dialer application. Xiaomi promised that this feature will be “obtainable” in 2020, and now the first hints of call recording support in the Google Phone app have shown up.
In the past, call recordings were available on the stock Google Phone app up until Android 6 Marshmallow. Since then the feature required workarounds which were later shut down by Google with the arrival of Android 9.
OEMs like Xiaomi provide call recording for their devices and recently announced all of its devices sold in Europe will ship with Google’s Phone and Messages apps in place of their Xiaomi alternatives. This coincidence means the new call recording feature could be exclusive to Xiaomi phones but we’ll just have to wait and see Google’s approach here.
Despite the addition of these new resources to the Google Phone app, the in-call button for call recording has not yet surfaced in the latest version of the app. However, there’s nothing about this feature that requires a Xiaomi phone, so it should be simple for Google to enable it for Pixel and Android One users as well. We will be attempting to enable this feature and will update.