Eric Schmidt says Google doesn't support or work with Carrier IQ
At an Internet freedom conference in The Hague in The Netherlands, Schmidt explained that because Android is an open platform, bad software can be put onto devices. He goes on to say that Carrier IQ is one of those bad pieces of software, which will keep your keystrokes. But, he adds that Google doesn't work with the company, nor does Google support the software.
We'd have to believe Google on this one, because even on carriers like Sprint where Carrier IQ has been found on many devices, the software has never been found on a Nexus device.
1. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
We know Google as one of those companies that do things for the greater good. Can they just buy CarrierIQ and then destroy it. Thanks.
2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
by greater good, u mean more money for the good of their pockets? then ya i agree.... and this is kind of googles fault because they failed to alert anyone of it and this is just one of the bad effects of having an open source platform
3. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
They couldn't have alerted anyone about it because they didn't put the software on the devices. It would be like alerting people that Sense 3.0 is laggy. You're dumb.
4. ojdidit84 (Posts: 437; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Especially when the iPhone 4 was one of the phones reported to have CIQ installed. It has nothing to do with Google or with the platform being open source because iOS certainly isn't open source.
5. robinrisk (unregistered)
actually, i believe he´s a windows phone fanboi. Which strangely is a lot sadder than being a sheep with an "i" in front.
16. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
and what's the reasoning behind your stupid and ignorant comment?
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
iPhones and Blackberries have CarrierIQ too. What's worse, that CIQ gets put on devices running your software without your knowledge or approval because it's open source, or CIQ being put on devices with your software AND hardware WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT because your software is NOT open source?
8. Kallistos (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
When you sign a contract with a wireless service provider (among other contracts) you agree to the terms and conditions. Admittedly, who reads 'em? I sure do not, my favorite part of software is the ability to scroll through it all without having to read it and select agree, and again, without actually reading it. Ahem.
I am sure you have read the reports of what Sprint actually does with the information provided by Carrier IQ, which is in no way heinous. While it certainly may not be with ones "knowledge" that Sprint monitors, evaluates or improves the services, systems, or networks by collecting information, it is with ones "consent" and "approval".
10. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I was actually speaking more about the difference between open source and closed source. Since Android is open source, it's possible that CIQ was put on the individual phones without Google's knowledge or consent. However, every other major company had to know, including Nokia, RIM, and Microsoft. They had to know that CIQ was going on their devices.
13. Kallistos (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Ah, good point sir and apologies for missing that.
7. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Lucas, I usully read your posts and this is one of the most disappointing things you have ever said. Google does not manufacture phones and neither do they add CIQ to the software they build. As the name "CarrierIQ" suggests, the software is intended for use by carriers and not by OEMs. So this has nothing to do with open or closed source firmware.
9. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Google doesn't need Carrier IQ because Google has its own form of "tracking software." It's akin to the pot calling the kettle black.
12. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Thanks for teaching us something yet again sir ardent...
14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It's a tough job debunking long held android myths such Apple doesn't share its technologies. For one thing, android web browers uses Apple's webkit's technology. Plus Apple tried to get Samsung to stop copying Apple products in exchange for access to a key Apple patent.