Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Apple’s favourite public broadcaster, the BBC took the opportunity to slag off Android in a report about smartphone tracking.

The BBC claimed  that only Android phones could be tracked using the battery usage siting a report from Standford University.

However the report was based on all smartphones which used software and although it did not mention Apple by name, it also failed to mention that it was a problem unique to Android.

“Modern mobile platforms like Android enable applications to read aggregate power usage on the phone. This information is considered harmless and reading it requires no user permission or notification. We show that by simply reading the phone’s aggregate power consumption over a period of a few minutes an application can learn information about the user’s location,” the report says.

Given that Apple’s iOS is a modern mobile platform and also “enable’s applications to read aggregate power usage” we would have thought that the same tracking problem applied to the iPhone. Clearly the BBC didn't read the report, or did not want to see that the research also applied to its favourite phone.

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