For example, of the 82,000 apps examined by the researchers, 12,000 of them had a total of more than 164 different advertising-related SDKs.
Another big issue highlighted in the report was the use of so-called “custom permissions” to make it easier for these pre-installed apps on Android phones to collect user information.
Starting from the analysis of a server-side workload collected from a top mobile streaming service provider, we find Android and i OS use different approaches to request media content, leading to different amounts of received traffic on Android and i OS devices when a same video clip is accessed.
Further studies on the client side show that different data requesting approaches (standard HTTP request vs.
What makes things difficult for regulators, though, is the fact that Android is an open source OS.
Each of the 214 brands studied by the researchers, presumably, are using a slightly different version of Android.
Thus, this is not going to be the typical academic study that shows up online for a few weeks before disappearing into the ether.
Instead, this paper detailing potential abuses with pre-installed apps on Android phones has the potential to move the needle when it comes to improving the state of security and privacy in the mobile world.
In other words, this problem with pre-installed apps on Android is hardly an isolated phenomenon – it is a problem that deeply affects the entire Android device ecosystem worldwide.
All Android phones come with a mix of pre-installed apps, and it is really up to the manufacturer of the device to contact the other vendors within the Android app ecosystem to decide who should be allowed to have their apps ready to go as soon as the user purchases the phone.