Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2011 at 07:50 am

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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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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