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Android phones can be tracked without using GPS: Study

  • It is possible to track an Android phone by examining its power use over a period, a new study revealed.

    Thus, Wi-Fi data or GPS are not required to track the phones.

    As the distance between a smartphone and cellular base increases, the phone utilizes more power. The researchers from Stanford University created a “malicious app” that collects power consumption data, as part of the study.

    Scores of apps on Google Play, for instance, request permission for accessing power data and network connectivity, and can potentially be used to track smartphones.

    Tagged as: Android phones, power use, wi-fi data, GPS, smartphone, cellular base, Stanford University, malicious app, Google Play, technology news