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I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: November 20, 2023 12:39PM
Just had (another) weird coincidence happen.

Quick backstory:
A few days ago I was troubleshooting (what I thought) was a defective porch light (replaced an old fixture with a new one - which wouldn't light up once installed). Further investigating led me to realize that the light switch itself had an intermittent fault in it as well.

Anyways, during a subsequent (landline) phone conversation with my sister (my android phone was nearby, within earshot), I relayed this story to her, including having to replace the light switch.

Shortly afterwards I started seeing Home Depot ads on my Facebook feed for...Lutron light switches (exactly like the one I replaced). I NEVER searched for or looked them up anywhere during my troubleshooting - all I did was walk out to the garage and grab one that I already had on hand.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened.
I can't recall all of the details, but a few years ago I was at a gathering of friends, and one of them mentioned some obscure product, which then started showing up in sidebar ads on websites I visited shortly afterwards.

And one last one:
Also a few years ago I was in Monterey, near Cannery Row (by Gump's restaurant), when I pulled up Google maps (to look around the area for what other restaurants were nearby).
Since I had the phone out, I decided to check some email as well - and in the junk mail folder (NOT Gmail, but a non-Gmail email account) was a freshly delivered email from...Gump's.
Either a very strange coincidence, or my phone tied my other email account to my Google identity, and conveyed that to whatever algorithm sends out ads (apparently in real-time, as I was literally standing in front of Gump's when it arrived).

Anyways, that is all. I'm convinced that smartphones are constantly listening in, and acting on what they hear.
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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 20, 2023 01:52PM
definitely.



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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 20, 2023 02:00PM
When you look at a map and you see exactly where traffic is congested and where it isn't, how do you think that happens? Collected data.
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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: November 20, 2023 02:01PM
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SDGuy
I'm convinced that smartphones Android-based devices are constantly listening in, and acting on what they hear.

T,FTFY



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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: dk62
Date: November 20, 2023 02:55PM
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Article Accelerator
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SDGuy
I'm convinced that smartphones Android-based devices are constantly listening in, and acting on what they hear.

T,FTFY

I am pretty sure the original was correct. I have seen this on iPhone as well. I think I disabled listening on mine for most apps, but my wife has not, and I have these things pop up every once in a while (ads based on conversation, not searches).
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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 20, 2023 04:58PM
it's Facebook that is probably doing that, sometimes with IP addresses as the connection, other times with the "microphone" permissions on the app. I don't use the FB app and it still happens because it's using some other means (must be Google)



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: I'm pretty sure Google is listening in on Android phones...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 20, 2023 11:08PM
Just because you don't have a FB account doesn't mean they aren't tracking you and sending you ads.



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