In light of the recent news about the Carrier IQ software found on Android phones, we were interested to see how many of our users are affected. François Simond (supercurio) wrote a detector app and kindly released the source for this app as well.
We performed an analysis on our dataset of 5572 Android smartphones that volunteers from all over the world helped us create. From those 5572 devices, only 21 were found to be running the software, all of them in the US and Puerto Rico. The affected carriers we observed were AT&T, Boost Mobile and Sprint.
We found no evidence of the known Carrier IQ processes running on Android devices in any other country. However, given the relatively small sample of 5572 devices, we can not exclude this possibility for now.
If you want to help us gather insights about smartphone use then you can opt-in to our global study by installing the Device Analyzer app on your Android device. Opting-out is as easy as participating in case you should change your mind and in the mean time you help us conduct scientific research!
What does Device Analyzer do?
Device Analyzer is a study conducted by the University of Cambridge, UK. We are interested in finding out how people use their smartphones and are inviting volunteers to contribute to our study by installing the Device Analyzer application for Android phones from the Android Market. The application will upload statistics about how you use your phone and will help us get a better picture of smart phone use in the real world.
We aggregate anonymized user data and derive insights into every-day phone use from the data our volunteers contributed. We also plan to release the dataset publicly. This data can then serve as a starting point for further research and can help design better phones for the future.
Cambridge University Press joined us in June when we celebrated our 1000th contributor:
More than 1,000 people around the world have signed up to take part in the biggest ever public study of Android phone usage.
Shortly afterwards Engadget, among others, reported about our study and helped us find more participants in our goal of creating the largest ever public dataset of smart phone use.
If you want to learn more about Device Analyzer take a look at the project’s website, which has detailed information about the study. Those interested in helping out with scientific research can directly download the app with this barcode: