1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    My daughters Google activity keeps say used android system..Is she turning things off and on like location or could be hiding an app?please help
    06-16-2018 10:27 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! That's normal -- it shows up on everyone's activity. I can't tell you exactly what it's for, because it doesn't specify in more details, but it doesn't necessarily mean that she's doing something shady.
    06-16-2018 11:18 PM
  3. Melissa Johnston1's Avatar
    I dont understand why no one can answer this question for anyone that's asked it. In Google activity it says used Android system but we would like to know what that is we understand that we are always using the Android system but what particular action allowed it to document that we used Android system it should specify better what we actually did. It can tell us that we use the maps it can tell us that we made a phone call but when it says use the Android system no one can tell us what that is
    07-12-2018 11:53 AM
  4. Rukbat's Avatar
    Almost every app uses some parts of Android System. If I talk about the difference between static and dynamic libraries, are you going to be able to follow the discussion? Most people would already be lost at this point, but that's where the explanation begins, which is why Google doesn't tell you the "particular action". If you were told that the particular action that was used was
    Code:
    canvas.drawColor(Color.Black);
    would that mean anything to you? But those are the kinds of "particular actions" that are being used. (Actually that's the human-readable version of the action. The actual action could be something like)
    Code:
    34 00 00 00 8C 00 00 00 90 00
    which wouldn't even mean much to a developer. And each app calls functions ("particular actions") in Android System constantly. If you want to see how things work internally, go to XDA Forums, learn how to use Logcat, and take a look at the log. It won't mean anything to you, but that's what actually happens when you tap a button or slide an icon - there's no "tap a button" action in Android System, it's a string of pseudo-compiled Java statements that only means something to the Dalvik machine inside the phone. Even developers don't get involved down to that level.

    But you're free to spend about 3 or 4 years (that's what it would take) studying Android, so that you could get a Logcat dump to see what your daughter's phone has been doing. You won't see things like "visited a porn site" or "sent a text to Joe", you'll see things like
    Code:
    07-12 12:06:47.709  1173  1269 I chatty  : uid=1000 system_server expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:47.856  1173  1330 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) ConnectivitySer expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:47.882  1173  1205 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) PowerManagerSer expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:47.910  1173  1203 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) android.display expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.274  1173  1292 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) StorageManagerS expire 5 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.275  1173  1196 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) ActivityManager expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:48.276  1173  1293 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) VoldConnector expire 9 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.278  1173  1201 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) android.fg expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:48.281   669   678 V vold    : Waiting for FUSE to spin up...
    07-12 12:06:48.281  1173  1342 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) AudioService expire 1 line
    Fron there you can figure out what was happening. (That's about as close as you're going to get unless you install a spy app on her phone, and if it's in her name, not yours, that would be illegal. If it's in your name, go ahead - but you're teaching her that she can't be trusted. And if you don't tell her about it, and she finds out, you're teaching her that you can't be trusted.)
    07-12-2018 01:17 PM
  5. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    Almost every app uses some parts of Android System. If I talk about the difference between static and dynamic libraries, are you going to be able to follow the discussion? Most people would already be lost at this point, but that's where the explanation begins, which is why Google doesn't tell you the "particular action". If you were told that the particular action that was used was
    Code:
    canvas.drawColor(Color.Black);
    would that mean anything to you? But those are the kinds of "particular actions" that are being used. (Actually that's the human-readable version of the action. The actual action could be something like)
    Code:
    34 00 00 00 8C 00 00 00 90 00
    which wouldn't even mean much to a developer. And each app calls functions ("particular actions") in Android System constantly. If you want to see how things work internally, go to XDA Forums, learn how to use Logcat, and take a look at the log. It won't mean anything to you, but that's what actually happens when you tap a button or slide an icon - there's no "tap a button" action in Android System, it's a string of pseudo-compiled Java statements that only means something to the Dalvik machine inside the phone. Even developers don't get involved down to that level.

    But you're free to spend about 3 or 4 years (that's what it would take) studying Android, so that you could get a Logcat dump to see what your daughter's phone has been doing. You won't see things like "visited a porn site" or "sent a text to Joe", you'll see things like
    Code:
    07-12 12:06:47.709  1173  1269 I chatty  : uid=1000 system_server expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:47.856  1173  1330 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) ConnectivitySer expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:47.882  1173  1205 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) PowerManagerSer expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:47.910  1173  1203 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) android.display expire 2 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.274  1173  1292 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) StorageManagerS expire 5 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.275  1173  1196 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) ActivityManager expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:48.276  1173  1293 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) VoldConnector expire 9 lines
    07-12 12:06:48.278  1173  1201 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) android.fg expire 1 line
    07-12 12:06:48.281   669   678 V vold    : Waiting for FUSE to spin up...
    07-12 12:06:48.281  1173  1342 I chatty  : uid=1000(system) AudioService expire 1 line
    Fron there you can figure out what was happening. (That's about as close as you're going to get unless you install a spy app on her phone, and if it's in her name, not yours, that would be illegal. If it's in your name, go ahead - but you're teaching her that she can't be trusted. And if you don't tell her about it, and she finds out, you're teaching her that you can't be trusted.)
    This response needs to be sticky.
    07-12-2018 02:54 PM
  6. Cassie Valente's Avatar
    Android system shows up in Google Activity when you charge your phone. It also shows up when your phone updates an application you have on your phone or when it completes a software update.. Android system is what makes your phone do everything it does.. Its not a secret thing like some people may assume. Its actually a very important thing on your phone. Without it, your phone would not run correctly.

    Hope I have helped some people out.
    07-30-2018 10:05 PM

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