Google taught Android to open the notification text only to the owner

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Recently, perhaps the most talked-about is the protection of personal data and the methods of biometric identification. But what is the point of them, if you read the text of the message sent to you, the notification of which was displayed on the smartphone screen, can anyone, if you pick it up in your hands? Apple solved this problem very effectively. The developers of the company came up with the idea of ​​hiding the contents of incoming notifications until the moment of confirmation of the user’s identity. It is strange that in Android such a function appeared only now.

In fact, the ability to hide the contents of the notification on Android could have been earlier. However, in order to read it, you had to first remove the lock from the smartphone and go to the application. But it was impossible to read the sent text directly on the lock screen by scanning a face or fingerprint, like on iOS. Therefore, having decided that it couldn’t go on like this, Google developers added more options for setting up notifications in Android Q.

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How to hide notification text on Android

Now users can configure security settings so that the text of incoming messages is displayed only for him. And since almost every modern smartphone is equipped with biometric identification sensors, interacting with notifications – especially sensitive ones – has become much easier and more secure, without fear that someone else will read it. It is enough to activate the corresponding parameter in the settings.

In general, whoever says anything about Apple, but Google clearly needs to learn from it how to ensure user privacy. The ability to open the notification text only after the verification is only a small part of what the search giant could do for our safety. For example, it would be great if Google implemented its own analogue of the Find My application, which allows you to find a lost device, even if it is discharged. But all that’s needed is to optimize the Bluetooth Low Energy.