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Simple native recorder app is needed [released]

asked 2013-12-28 19:38:59 +0300

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updated 2014-03-06 09:56:35 +0300

t0mps0 gravatar image

Like the one for Meego/Harmattan.

Edit: Application for recording audio and playing previous recordings.

This should be fairly easy to do, anyone up for the task? I would if I could.

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absolutely, native basic recorder is a must. phone is always available to save song ideas etc.

t0mps0 ( 2013-12-28 19:47:10 +0300 )edit

Yes, this is very necessary.

jsiren ( 2014-01-04 19:46:46 +0300 )edit

It would certainly increase the usefulness of the phone. The ability to record phone calls when callers give info like phone numbers or web address would also be useful. Richard

richardski ( 2014-01-21 11:02:42 +0300 )edit

Could somebody share examples on how you use voice recorders in other phones (or used in the old phones)? As a developer I don't feel like I understand the use case enough for making a cool app. Is it just a phone number note? Task to yourself? Draft for a blog post? Something completely different?

Artem ( 2014-01-21 12:29:10 +0300 )edit

And then how do you use the recording later? That would help understanding whether sync to pc/web is needed/wanted and then use of formats understandable everywhere.

Artem ( 2014-01-21 12:33:28 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-03-28 11:20:19 +0300

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Just yesterday a native recorder was added to the store. Just in case you missed it.

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Great app !

manu007 ( 2014-03-28 11:29:17 +0300 )edit

yeah a nice and mega simple app :) thank you. Do you think a bit more feature in the future? like listing and play, rename, delete, send over... recorded files ?

cvp ( 2014-03-28 11:59:12 +0300 )edit

It's not my app. I just gave a heads up.

This guy made it: http://www.corne.info/https://github.com/cornedor/sailfish-recorder

ApB ( 2014-03-28 12:10:19 +0300 )edit

Thanks for the heads up @ApB

Tanghus ( 2014-03-28 13:00:07 +0300 )edit

thank you for the recorder, without developer mode, how i can play the recorded voice, with jolla media, i see nothing to play except my music solution: find and play with file browser :-) anyway, the recorded.wav should be stored to media/recorder and could be played with recorder too.

redge73 ( 2014-03-28 22:58:26 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-04-07 16:43:05 +0300

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updated 2014-04-07 18:50:40 +0300

A model of how a good recording app could work is the N900 recorder app (though it is a bit buggy). The way it works is two-fold:

The first mode: It always runs as a daemon (a background process). It will automatically and unobtrusively record all phone calls, from start to finish. It works with normal calls, Skype calls, speaker-phone, headset and bluetooth calls, both incoming and outgoing calls. There is no warning tone (though an option for one would have been nice). It will store the recording in a user-definable directory under a file-name consisting of the phone number followed by the recording date, time and duration. The modification date of the file is equal to the moment recording stopped. Though all calls are recorded, it surprisingly doesn't take that much space in aac-format.

The second mode: It will immediately start a recording when one pushes its icon manually and finish that recording when the icon is pushed again. While recording, the icon indicates that recording is progressing. It would have been nice with a pause-function for the recording, where it was possible to resume recording in the same file by un-pausing. In the case of manual recording, the file name has no phone number, so it consists of the date, time and duration only. It would have been nice if the manual recordings had their own setting for what directory to save in.

It would have been nice to add a utility function that allows you to append a short annotation to the end of the file-name of the latest recording created, so that one can quickly locate special recordings. It would also be nice to have a "delete last recording"-function, for privacy reasons.

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Out of curiosity. Are we sure it is legal to record a phone call without the other person knowing it??

ApB ( 2014-04-07 17:28:23 +0300 )edit

In most European countries it is always legal to record conversations you are involved in yourself (counts as note-taking), but it is illegal to record conversations between two third-parties (counts as spying).

00prometheus ( 2014-04-07 18:04:37 +0300 )edit

Well for Germany this is definitely not true. Recording a conversation without explicit consent of the other person is illegal and can get you into real trouble, see e.g.: http://www.internetrecht-rostock.de/rechtslage-mitschneiden-von-telefonaten.htm. I don't know about the other "most European countries" though.Having this said, I never got a call from the NSA or the other "secret" services requesting my consent for recording my calls ;-)

Jörg ( 2014-04-08 17:25:11 +0300 )edit

I know for certain that it is legal in Sweden, and even admissible as evidence in court, as long as the recording party is a part of the conversation. Admittedly, I can't say for sure about other European countries. In general, you will have to know what the rules are in your own country, so to use the phone recording capability you might have to inform the other party in some countries. Still it's a very useful feature, and obviously, the program itself isn't illegal :-)

00prometheus ( 2014-04-09 02:34:57 +0300 )edit

Recording my calls for personal purposes (audio notes, self development ;) yes, to analyze my conversations) - i think it is obvious there is no crime, though percepion created by media makes it look sinister.

Obviously by making it illegal doesn't prevent 'powers' from spying on people.

Naah, i just want my computer to record my calls! Why not, please share a howto?

I googled for this, but it only records through mic.

parec --format=s16le --device=sink.primary.monitor | lame -r - dump.mp3

veeall ( 2014-07-23 16:26:40 +0300 )edit

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