Call Recording Smartens Up Lava Metal
Call recording systems on smartphones are nothing new. A huge array of apps can be had to add this powerful new function to most any smartphone around, and some—as we've recently discovered—are starting to include this feature built-in. A new device recently emerged, the Lava Metal 24, which delivers call recording capability built into the device, and in perhaps one of the most unexpected sorts of devices around: the feature phone.
The Lava Metal 24 offers several exciting features, including a 2.4 inch QVGA display as well as 32 gigabytes of expandable storage memory thanks to a microSD slot. A 1.3 megapixel rear camera allows for both video and still photos, and the whole assembly is powered by a MTK6261D processor. With a 1000 mAh lithium ion battery, it helps ensure that the phone will keep running for quite some time. A 3.5 mm audio jack and FM connectivity gives it multiple use cases, and with Bluetooth and EDGE browsing capability, it certainly delivers more than enough to make it a match for at least the lower-end smartphone.
It's the automatic call recording feature that's got some eyebrows raising, though; it wasn't so long that built-in automatic call recording systems
first started similar brow-based reactions in South Korea. Automated call recording apps have a great potential to deliver value—some industries would downright be crying for such capability like financial services and healthcare groups—but also have a potential to deliver some legal problems. Issues of consent in recording have been a problem the world over, with different laws emerging to address different locales.
That may be the big problem with including an automatic call recording system right at the outset. While it might be incredibly convenient for those who can readily use it with impunity, it also leaves a significant potential for being attacked legally by taking recordings that don't have everyone's consent. That may not be a problem if no one knows about the recordings, or if they're deleted after the fact, but it's still the kind of thing that may create liability situations where there wouldn't be otherwise. Easily remedied legal situations, granted, but situations nonetheless, especially if someone forgets to delete the recordings or tries to use them later in legal proceedings or the like without appropriate consent first.
Convenience is great, but when convenience could mean legal trouble, that could be a much bigger problem than most want to consider. Still, the Lava Metal 24 should get some due kudos for its sheer ambition. It's packing a lot more than the standard feature phone usually does, and Lava's got a piece to be proud of with this one.
Edited by Alicia Young