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EL13 Firmware for Epic 4G Touch Leaked, Carrier IQ-Free!
Assuming you haven’t been living in a cave the last few months, you’ve heard about Carrier IQ—a baked-in software package that Google CEO Eric Schmidt publicly labeled a key-logger. Thanks to the diligent work of XDA Recognized Developer TrevE, we’ve brought to light some of the issues surrounding the software package several times in the past.
Luckily for us, it now seems as if OEMs and carriers are starting to understand that WE DON’T LIKE IT! Enter the EL13 leaked firmware for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. Using XDA Recognized Developer supercurio‘s Voodoo detector app, fellow forum member Calkulin has verified that the leaked build is indeed Carrier IQ free!
Biggest difference I see so far doing a comparison, is no CIQ libs are included anymore, so either Samsung pulled CIQ from it or hide it even more. I’ll run the detector apps to see here shortly to verify
EDIT: Seems Samsung & Sprint listened, no CIQ in this ROM
Rather than just hiding the libraries, the update seems to do away with CIQ altogether. However, let’s not get our hopes up too high just yet. While you can install EL13 on your own device, the build is still technically leaked. Furthermore, we have not a clue as to when (or even if) it will be officially released. That said, it’s mere presence shows that someone, somewhere out there is actually listening to the customers. Bravo. Now just push it out to all CIQ-ridden devices ASAP!
If you’re interested in giving this a shot on your own device, be sure to head to the original thread.
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