Since its advent, Galaxy S9 series has seen users not only complaining about Samsung’s decision to drop call recording functionality, but also for not being vocal about the change while launching and selling the phones.
Soon after the matter caught heat, the company came up with an official statement calling the feature drop an intended change, citing “Google’s security policy and local law” as the reason.
But now things seem to be changing.
Samsung’s attempt at blocking call recording on Galaxy S9/S9+ stumped third party app developers initially. But turns out at-least a handful of app developers have managed to somehow breach Galaxy S9’s call recording restrictions.
Specifically, the developers of apps like ACR, Boldbeast and Skvalex have made their apps capable of recording calls on Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Right in the beginning of this month, Boldbeast (makers of Call Recorder) came up with a software update (v11.1) that brought along the ability to record calls on S9, with no country-specific limitations. Here’s how they explained the change:
Not only Boldbeast, even ACR confirmed the change for their app, telling Galaxy S9 users that they can record calls on their units now. But along with that, they also informed the inquirers that the functionality might stop in future:
Even users of Skvalex can now enjoy call recording on their S9 units, going by the latest reports on this XDA thread.
The story doesn’t end here, as we are getting reports about Samsung itself allowing call recording in some countries.
Remember that lawsuit on Samsung in Israel for Galaxy S9 call drop/mute and call recording issues? Well, looks like the trial opened the gates at least for call recording.
We are seeing user reports that say Samsung has enabled built-in call recording on Galaxy S9 /S9+ in Israel.
Another user clearly explained the change saying the native call recording feature only works in the absence of third-party call recording apps.
The first user also confirmed the change for Taiwan (though we couldn’t find more related reports on this).
So as of now, it appears that Samsung has started allowing call recording feature on Galaxy S9, at least in countries where it is legally permitted. But there’s no confirmation about it, as the matter still lacks an official word from the company.
Even if that’s not the case, what’s good is Galaxy S9 users will not have to miss the functionality, as they can now use third-party apps like ACR, Blockbeast and Skvalex for recording calls.
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