Sat. Jun 6th, 2020

Research shows that Android devices collect user data 10 times more often than iOS devices

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The latest research published by Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University in the United States shows that Google collects data from Android devices 10 times more often than iOS devices.

As the world’s largest Internet advertising platform, Google’s multi-application software market share is very high, such as Google Chrome and Google search engine applications.

This gives Google a unique advantage in collecting user information, and Google’s aggressive collection of data through strategy also makes collection blocking even higher.

 

Active information collection and passive information collection:

In the collection of information, it is mainly divided into dynamic information collection and passive information collection. The vibrant collection includes mostly user active search or login operation.

Passive collection means that the application automatically connects to the Google server to upload information in the background. This upload process is generated without the user interacting.

Passive collection users do not know that the application is connected to the server in the background unless the program is entirely quit or the program-related permissions are disabled.

 

Android uploads an average of 90.3 messages per hour to Google:

When the research team found out that Google Chrome was turned on on Android devices, it would automatically connect up to 40.2 Google uploads every hour.

More than 30% of the 40.2 connections are the location information of the uploading device, of course, the premise is that the positioning is opened, and the Apple Safari browser has only 4.2 connections.

Under regular use, Android devices will upload up to 90.3 times per hour to connect to Google servers, and half of them are collected for advertising needs.

Apple’s iOS device will only connect 17.9 times under standard trials. There is no ad connection, and the location information is only about 1%.

Google relies on advertising; Apple relies on hardware:

Nothing is surprising about analysing the data. After all, many of Google’s services, including Android, are free and naturally depend on advertising.

Whether it is Android or Google Chrome or Google Maps, etc., relying on the free strategy to occupy the market will ultimately rely on advertising to generate revenue.

Apple’s primary income comes from selling hardware rather than advertising, so Apple doesn’t need to collect information on iOS devices to push ads continually.