No Carrier IQ on my Samsung Galaxy 580

Last week there was a bit of media kerfuffle about “Carrier IQ” – a hidden application installed on some phones that can log all sorts of things for the phone company (see this Lifehacker article with links to Android developer Trevor Eckhart’s posts here and here – the dev who discovered the app).

While I’m not overly concerned about the app, given that Vodafone NZ deny using it and as it turns out the logging/spying appears to have overblown given this post by security researcher Dan Rosenberg, I thought I’d try out one of the detector apps to satisfy my curiosity. The app I tried was the Voodoo Carrier IQ detector and it came up clean for me:

Part of the reason I wanted to check myself is that I’m not running the phone+software as purchased from Vodafone NZ. I rooted my phone and installed a new Froyo ROM on it (see this post) and as such is not running fully vetted/authorised by Vodafone NZ.

So, despite a lack of concern it’s nice to see it’s not on my phone. 🙂

For completeness, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy 580 (aka Galaxy 3 or GT-I5800) running Froyo 2.2 (an XXJPM build) on the Vodafone NZ network. Here’s my about/status screens:


I’m a Samsung

A brilliant ad from Samsung taking a pot-shot at the Apple fanboys:


The best line in the ad would have to be: “If it looks the same how will people know I upgraded?” followed closely by “I could never get a Samsung, I’m creative”. LOL! 😀

Nice one Samsung. I’d like to think that S2 will be my next Galaxy phone…

Thanks to all Mo supporters

Finally, here it is, in all its glory. My 30 day old mo!

The 2011 Mo!

Mmm, bushy!

This was of course grown for Movember 2011, to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to raise funds for the Cancer Society and Mental Health Foundation here in New Zealand. The glorious mo you are gazing at was one of 13,112 officially registered mo’s in NZ, and raised $470 (to date) towards the NZ total of more than $1.2M out of a global total exceeding $132M.

So, to all my supporters and anyone else who donated to the cause – thank you for your support! Your generous donations make a month of mo growin’ well worthwhile.

Finally, if you missed out and still want to contribute, donations are still being accepted and you can still sponsor my mo via:


Thanks again,

Mo Bro Chris.