Android 12 Learned iOS again? This time I’m going to say “I learned too well!”

Android 12 has learned iOS again, and the new function iOS 14 has long been there.
It really looks alike.

The debate over which is better between iOS and Android is probably one of the most difficult problems on the Internet. However, although the supporters of both sides have fought back and forth on the Internet, there are more and more similarities between iOS and Android systems.

Google's recently launched Android 12 developer preview version, there is a new feature that is regarded as learning iOS. According to the leaked image released by the XDA forum, the Android 12 system will display a highlight in the status bar to remind users when the camera or microphone is enabled in the application.

▲ Picture from: XDA Forum

In fact, iOS 14 has already used this feature. When calling or even using location information in applications, it will be displayed with a more prominent red or yellow mark on the bangs.

What is the status bar indicator

Why add a status bar indicator to the phone? Corresponding to the rumors of app eavesdropping that has become increasingly popular in recent years, the answer will soon be reached. Both Google and Apple hope to tell users through the status bar indicator whether the App is in the background Enable the camera or microphone function.

If you usually follow digital products or people in the technology circle, you will probably have an impression of a previous news related to the vivo NEX mobile phone. As a mobile phone with a retractable camera design, some users found that when using the vivo NEX to open the QQ browser, The camera automatically raises.

It makes people shout that this is evidence of app eavesdropping. The QQ browser team also quickly responded, saying that this operation will not enable the camera and will not shoot, just because the operation made by calling the technical interface , The follow-up also expressed that it will actively adapt the product.

Although the QQ browser provided a timely explanation of the incident, the discussion of application eavesdropping did not stop, and people's worries about electronic device eavesdropping did not stop with mobile phones.

The famous photo of Facebook founder Zuckerberg shows that he covered the laptop camera with tape-like objects. Obviously, he does not want the camera to leak personal privacy without knowing or forgetting to turn it off.

For this reason, many notebook brands even provide hardware-level camera locks on their products. ThinkPad has a similar design. There is a switch next to the camera, which can cover the camera with a light push, even if the camera is turned on. Nothing.

In addition, many notebooks also have a special microphone off button, which can be pressed to turn off the computer’s microphone function.

Even the hot clubhouse recently reported a voice recording incident. The content shared by people in the voice room should belong to the user. If recording is not allowed without permission, there are a lot of conversations on the Internet. Information, this has to be worrying.

Although this incident is not directly related to application eavesdropping, eavesdropping has indeed become a matter of increasing concern for people. As far as the application is running in the background, some users say that they don’t know what the application is doing in the background. What permissions have been transferred.

However, it appears that as soon as the content is searched on social media, corresponding product recommendations appear on the e-commerce platform, which is suspicious.

I explained this situation in detail in my previous article . The reason why apps can adjust ads so quickly has little to do with eavesdropping. After obtaining user authorization, apps sell relevant data to third-party brokers. The advertising company buys, obtains a large amount of data, and produces detailed user portraits, and then precisely adjusts the advertisements users see on the App.

Even so, the running process of the App is regarded as a black box for the general public, and the status bar indicator is equivalent to making this black box process transparent, so as to appease users' doubts about App eavesdropping.

Of course, some people have also asked whether it is possible for the App to bypass the system detection mechanism to monitor the data.

This has become a blocking battle between operating system and application developers, but with Apple's consistent toughness and the stuck neck effect of the App Store, such a blocking battle will most likely end in the victory of the operating system manufacturer.

Google and Apple chose the same solution, which is actually a sign

Apple’s investment in the status bar indicator is earlier than that of Android. It was added several versions ago. A red button will be displayed on the left side of the status bar during a call, and a yellow dot will be displayed on the right side when the microphone is used. Pull down The status bar will show that the microphone function is active.

Even when the location search function is enabled in the application, there will be a corresponding blue logo. It can be said that Android is following in Apple's footsteps.

▲ Enable microphone, call, location and other functions in the app, iOS will remind you in the notification bar

If we temporarily let go of the debate over which is better between Android and iOS, we will find that Google and Apple have learned from each other for a long time, and this time both sides chose to add a status bar indicator function, which is also a sign .

Earlier on, iOS and Android also launched mobile phone versions of digital health functions. By recording App use time, limiting the use time of an App, etc., reducing the length of time users use mobile phones, although ultimately it still depends on personal self-control and habits. But the new feature can obviously be used as a helpful tool.

The status bar indicator, like digital health, is a feedback from Google and Apple to user needs. The reason for choosing the same form is that this method is an optimal solution of the design under the current circumstances.

▲ What is your daily screen usage time

As one of the most intimate devices of modern people, people spend a lot of time on their mobile phones. If you don’t believe me, you can check from the digital health function of the mobile phones to see if the daily use time exceeds 6 hours.

While mobile phones have become intimate devices, overly rich functions are also squeezing our personal space. For example, when using social media to connect with friends, we definitely don't want the content of our conversations to be spread.

Many people put a tape on the computer camera to block, and they do not want the camera to record their personal life, such as when wearing pajamas, shirtless, and occasionally weird. Originally, the home is a personal space, but because of mobile phones, computers, etc. Equipped with cameras, microphones and networking functions, and then make the public worry about their personal space being invaded.

Regardless of whether Apple or Google chooses the same solution, the greater significance is to dispel people's doubts and allow some apps to regain people's trust.

At the same time, this is also why they avoid users’ disappointment and maintain users not to jump to another camp in large numbers. After all, the market shares of iOS and Android have become more and more fixed. They also have their own core competitiveness. iOS emphasizes the collaboration and consistent experience of multiple devices in the Apple ecosystem; Android is more developed and the development and utilization of AI.

Under the oligarchic competition, learning from each other is not necessarily a bad thing. While maintaining their original characteristics, they will bring good designs to more people. Previously, the functions of iOS and Android borrowed from each other have also been praised by users.

The status bar indicator on Android 12 may also increase in the future.

In the future with more and more screens, there will be more and more indicators

We just mentioned that the mobile phone is one of the most frequently used and most intimate devices in daily use. Its rich functions give it the ability to invade personal space, but in fact, it is not only mobile phones and computers that can do this, because the screen There are more and more microphones, cameras, and more status indicators.

▲ Samsung refrigerator with its own screen and voice assistant.

Nowadays, a smart device without a screen and call function is embarrassing to say it is a smart device. Whether it is a refrigerator, a hot electric car, or a TV, tablet, or smart speaker at home, it has begun to add screens, smart TVs Also began to increase the camera function, the main voice call.

The Internet has connected more functions and services, and most of these need to be realized through the screen. The camera and voice function are used as auxiliary. From the home to the community and even the shopping mall, the screen is everywhere.

In the foreseeable future, they will continue to increase. This is no longer a simple human screen.

Computer scientist Mark Wieser once mentioned a concept called "pervasive computing" in "Computers in the 21st Century", emphasizing that computers will be integrated into the network, into the environment, and into life. It should be everywhere, It is also unconscious. Just like when we see a signpost, we don’t think about what the signpost is, but directly look at the words on the signpost. Computers should be “senseless” and people can use it directly without thinking.

Looking at it now, Mark Wisser’s prediction is being realized, and various miniature products are constantly appearing, smart homes, AirPods, and smart speakers, all of which are trying to integrate into the environment.

The screen is also gradually becoming a part of the environment. It will become a new generation of signage. For children born in the Internet age, the first operation when encountering a screen is often to touch.

▲ AirPods support Siri function

It looks like a scene in a sci-fi movie, where screens and voice interactions can be seen everywhere to command smart homes, but the question is, are we really ready?

The incident of leaking personal data from the smart audio Alexa vulnerability is still vivid. When smart products become part of the home and even the environment, personal space is exposed to electronic products, not to mention that they can collect personal information through cameras and microphones.

At this time, a status indicator is necessary to clearly display the running status of the product, so that users can feel at ease.

In the future with more and more screens and voice operations, there may be more and more such operating status displays.

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