The Internet has been abuzz with mentions of Carrier IQ, a analytical monitoring software that has been found to be present on numerous Android smartphones, as well as Apple’s own iOS platform.
As we are still coming to terms with what the service is actually monitoring and sending back to the company and our operators, Engadget brings us news of a new app from forensic specialist François Simond, a.k.a Supercurio, who has developed a neat little piece of Android software in just four hours that can be installed on your Android device and tell you if Carrier IQ is present on your smartphone.
Luckily, it doesn’t require root access or following complicated instructions.
Whilst you might not be able to do anything with the Carrier IQ code references on your device should the app detect them, you will at least be armed with the knowledge that your handset could be reporting your usage back to Carrier IQ and your operator.
Simond does warn that anti-Carrier IQ fixes are “not detected yet and still generate false positives”.
If you have a Nexus device, it’s almost certain that your device will not have Carrier IQ present – source have said that the search giant is not tracking users of its own-brand smartphones.
Apple has also announced that whilst traces of Carrier IQ are present on iPhone devices, the company stopped supporting the software with iOS 5 and will completely remove all traces of the code from customers’ iPhones in its next software update.