Re: How else are the US corporations and spooks supposed to harvest all your most personal info...
In this particular case I suspect what the developer is saying is true.
By the time you ask an app "WTF is this on the radio" the horse has bolted. It is quite likely not to have enough data for an answer. So having two levels of "OFF" - processing and listening is a natural technical decision.
Now, why did the developers communicate it so poorly is a different story. I suspect it is a case of Hanlon's razor.