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!