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Samsung Galaxy S9 security update delivers a helpful new feature

The newest Galaxy S9 security update introduces a built-in call recorder, but only in countries where the devices use Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 processor.

The new feature is rolling out to S9 and S9 Plus owners in the United Kingdom and enables users to tap a single button from the in-call screen to begin an audio recording of the conversation.

First spotted by a Reddit user (via XDA Developers), the G960FXXU1BRE5 and G965FXXU1BRE3 updates are rolling out now to Exynos variants.

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Users in Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Romania and Netherlands are among the regions who’ve received the update, but Reddit user The-Mentallist is the only person to date to confirm the call recording feature with a screenshot from the UK (below).

Users in the United States, where the phones run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, haven’t received the update.

It’s not clear yet whether the roll out is entirely determined by which processor that handset is running, or whether other factors are in play. For example, it’s no surprise the feature is absent from the US edition of the phone, given the practice of recording calls without permission is illegal.

Galaxy S9 users in the US can still access call-recording apps from third-parties. However, as we always do when interviewing sources, make sure you get consent from the other party before hitting that record button.

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