Carrier IQ Pegs Handset Makers for Insecure Logs
Carrier IQ insists that its software is secure, and that the only reason insecure user log files are being stored as plain text on devices with Carrier IQ installed is due to modifications made by handset manufacturers. Speaking to The Verge, Carrier IQ's Vice President of Marketing, Andrew Coward, explained that Carrier IQ doesn't have access to the information that's being collected by wireless network operators and handset makers. Carrier IQ created an API that lets handset makers communicate with Carrier IQ's software. The carrier is the party responsible for collecting and storing the user information before it is handed off to Carrier IQ's software. Carrier IQ admitted that it does monitor user behavior and create its own log files, but that these files are encrypted and inaccessible by anyone other than Carrier IQ. The company has come under fire recently for alleged privacy violations on Android and other smartphones. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile admitted that they use Carrier IQ's software for network management purposes, but Verizon Wireless does not.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Oreo Hitting Most US Versions of Samsung Galaxy S8
People in the U.S. who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ can expect to see Android 8 Oreo reach their phone over the coming days.
U.S. Carriers Creating Stronger Tool to Verify Customer ID
All four major carriers in the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are building a "multi-factor authentication" method that will rely on peoples' cell phones to gain account access. The system, which has been in development since last September, is expected to launch before the end of the year.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.