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A new leak from XDA Developer shows that with Android 12 slated for release later in the year, Google plans to introduce a new notification that's displayed to users when an app accesses their clipboard.

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With iOS 14, Apple introduced a small banner at the top of iPhones and iPads that notifies users when an app accesses content from their clipboard. Clipboard access notification was one of several new privacy-centric features in iOS 14, and now Google is following in Apple's footsteps.

According to screenshots provided by XDA Developer, the new feature will be optional, unlike on iOS and iPadOS 14. Google says when enabled, "Show clipboard access" will "Show a message when apps access text, images, or other content you've copied." Clipboard access notification is one of a few iOS 14-style features coming to the next version of Android, including new notifications for when apps access the camera and microphone.

Clipboard access notification has proven to be beneficial to users since iOS 14 launched in September. After its debut, many users came to realize that many popular apps, including TikTok and Reddit, were secretly accessing user clipboard data. The majority of apps have since patched what they called "bugs."

Article Link: Android 12 Leak Reveals iOS 14-Style Clipboard Access Notification
 
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Darth Tulhu

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I love the magic word: "optional".

I find Android notifications (on Galaxy devices at least) to be far superior to iOS, but then again I'm a recent switcher.

However, these clipboard notifications are fantastic on iOS and I'm glad Android has adopted them as well.
 
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GlassFingers

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I personally hate these little pop-up messages... ESPECIALLY the messages about AirPods being connected. Wish there was a way to disable all these little circular messages that come down from the top... (and not simultaneously disabling the fast-switching capability of AirPods).
 
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Apple Knowledge Navigator

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I honestly don't mind if they copy Apple's privacy features. The only difference, one could argue, is that Google cares more about being perceived as a reliable platform than Apple, who themselves actually do (appear) to care...
 
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Captain Trips

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How long will it take for OEMs and Carriers to roll Android 12 out?
Answer: Likely never, unless you buy a new device.
With the possible exception of Samsung and Google, maybe Motorola. But yeah, most of the Android phones I bought in the past did not get a major version upgrade provided by the manufacturer.

As opposed to Windows Phones and iPhones, which get major version upgrades. Well, OK, probably no more major upgrades for Windows phones in the future, since that OS has withered away.
 
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amartinez1660

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I personally hate these little pop-up messages... ESPECIALLY the messages about AirPods being connected. Wish there was a way to disable all these little circular messages that come down from the top... (and not simultaneously disabling the fast-switching capability of AirPods).
Really? I kinda like them. At the beginning it took maybe some time to get used to but now I appreciate it, especially the AirPods one... it instantly lets me know if the headphones in my head are going to play back (i.e if I left it connected to Catalina OS Mac).
I do worry if it gets convoluted with too many notifications later on though.
 
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SurferPup

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N-HStudio, app Developer, has created apps that emulate the graphic interface of the  apps for Android phones. His apps are well designed and pricing is reasonable. Great for that intuitive operation for those that use both operating systems. (I receive no commission, I found his to be the best for that Apple like experience from the Google Play Store.)

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ss2cire

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N-HStudio, app Developer, has created apps that emulate the graphic interface of the  apps for Android phones. His apps are well designed and pricing is reasonable. Great for that intuitive operation for those that use both operating systems. (I receive no commission, I found his to be the best for that Apple like experience from the Google Play Store.)

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how has apple not put a stop to this? seems like copyright infringement... though I am glad to see some one can make money with such items :)
 
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kiensoy

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oh but when Apple copies Android, the controversy goes on for days.
The controversy goes both way every time one copies the other. I love competition and I love Apple copying the best features of Android and I love the Android folks get the best features of iOS, it doesn’t affect me.
 
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99chickens

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I want to know how iOS allows users to deny software access to the clipboard, rather than meaninglessly telling me that the software is accessing the clipboard, but I can't do anything about it.

You can’t deny access to the clipboard since that would render copy and paste and other functionality inoperative. But you can act like an adult and make informed decisions about which apps to use and whether to notify apple about suspicious activity.
 
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MowgliWolf

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Hey I’m all for this, if they are copying Apple or not is beside the point. Good on em, good for the users
 
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