Thursday, May 5, 2011

You Can Stop iPhones from Spying on You, But Not Androids

With a new software update, Apple resolved its iPhone tracking scandal that emerged after two data scientists discovered the phones record users' every move for a year. Customers of Google's Android phones aren't so lucky. Apple's new iOS update 4.3.3. makes the iPhone stop backing up location data on your computer and deletes the data when Location Services is turned off. The company says the location information is not transmitted to Apple, however, the information still remains on your phone if you don't disable Location Services. The fix, available for download now, comes just one week after Apple initially addressed the issue.

If you've got an Android phone, however, good luck. As Engadget's former managing editor Nilay Patel tweets, "It took Apple just a week to deploy this update to all iPhone users, while Android makers are still shipping 2.2." Patael's quote speaks to Android's nagging fragmentation problem in which updates come slowly because software is not compatible with all the different Android models produced by various handset makers. TechCrunch's MG Siegler highlights the problem:


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