‘Labs’ in Google App Allows Users to Test Experimental Features

Ruben Fields
January 15, 2020

As pointed out by Android Police, Google has just started rolling out an all-new "Labs" section in the latest update of the Google app. What he discovered was a number of assets "pertaining to call recording" as well as a new layout and icon.

Call recording on Android phones has relied on manufacturers rather than Google due to a lack of an official recording API for the mobile OS.

XDA-Developers today reported that references to call recording feature was found in the version 43.0.289191107 of the Google Phone app rolled out for Pixel devices today.

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If you're someone who'd like call recording to be a standard feature on your Android phone, it looks as though your wish may come true. Sighted previously in the Beta version of the Google app, some users are now reporting that they have access to the feature. By default, the app comes on all Google Pixel devices, Android One devices, and even Xiaomi devices.

That being said, it's important to point out the search giant's latest high-end smartphones are still available at their regular prices at the time of this writing from the official United States online Google Store. Even then, we don't know how limited it will be. Apparently, this is a feature Xiaomi device owners have been wanting for quite some time, so it would make sense they would get the feature, though that's just speculation at this time.

It's nice to see the Pixel 2 continue to receive some of Google's newer software features, outside of the usual system updates and security fixes.

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