After the recent discovery that iPhones/iPads were recording location data on the device
, folks have been looking for similar data on Android phones—and have now found some
. "Another important difference, according to developer Mike Castelman, is that Android keeps less data overall than iOS devices. 'The main difference that I can see is that Android seems to have a cache versus iOS's log,' Castleman, who contributed some code improvements to [Magnus] Eriksson's tool, told Ars. That is, Android appears to limit the caches to 50 entries for cell tower triangulation and 200 entries for WiFi basestation location. iOS's consolidated.db, on the other hand, seems to keep a running tally of data since iOS is first installed and activated on a device. iOS will also keep multiple records of the same tower or basestation, while Android only keeps a single record.
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