Yet, the research by Professor Douglas C. ,Schmidt from Vanderbilt University claims the figure is only the tip of the iceberg, as it represents activity when a device is stationary, meaning the user is not interacting with it. Once users start using their phone, the data sent to the server increases "considerably".
Disgruntled Android users have flocked to Twitter to accuse the tech giant of "tapping into everything it can."
The research found that dormant Androids are capable of sending about 900 data samples to Google within just 24 hours. A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) sends location information to Google 340 times during per day or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. Around 35 percent of all data sent to Google was location data.
In contrast, Apple servers received location data once a day and the volume of location data collected is 16 times lower than what Google collects from Android.