Although Google’s Android smartphone operating system has been associated with Carrier IQ, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) told an Internet freedom conference in the Dutch city of The Hague about Carrier IQ that "It’s a key-logger, and it actually does keep your keystrokes, and we certainly don’t work with them and we certainly don’t support it." Reuters reported that Schmidt also said "Android is an open platform, so it’s possible for people to build software that’s actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one."

You might want to look at Carrier IQ’s website since it has a running log of the number of handsets currently deployed at the moment this blog is written was “141,422,528” and increasing at a rate of 67 handsets per minute (based on my iPhone stop watch). That translates to an amazing increase of 96,480 handsets per day!  Can that really be true?

Carrier IQ’s front page still states that:

Carrier IQ is the leading provider of Mobile Service Intelligent Solution to the Wireless Industry. As the only embedded analytics company to support millions of devices simultaneously, we give Wireless Carriers and Handset Manufacturers unprecedented insight into their customers’ mobile experience.

Seems like status quo for Carrier IQ, but the number of handset appears to be growing very quickly, and Carrier IQ’s response to Senator Franken will be interesting.

What do you think about Carrier IQ?

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