NEW in version 3.2:
* KNOX: Starting on this version, AndroIDentity will report the status of the KNOX flag, and if your warranty has been void (note: feature available only on selected Samsung devices)
* 14771 devices identified
* Root Checker: check if the device is rooted or has a "su" binary, and reports its path and version. AndroIDentity also checks for the presence and version of Busybox
Can you tell you if you have a GENUINE Android phone/tablet or a cheap fake / counterfeit? This app can!
Everyday thousands of people buy counterfeit phones and tablets, paying the full price of a genuine one.
Due to the high number of fake Android devices hitting the market, usually undistinguisheable from the real devices, it is necessary for people to know if they have a real, genuine device, and got what they paid for, or if they've fallen victim of a fake / counterfeit device.
How does AndroIDentity work
AndroIDentity reads the hardware signature of the device and tries to match it with an internal database of 14,177 known signatures. It will then tell what is your device's real brand and model, by getting the manufacturer and model associated with the hardware signature.
If the signature read from your device doesn't match any of the known signatures, a "no match" message will be shown. That indicates you may have a fake device. However, in order to prevent false negatives, a series of other useful information is also displayed, letting you know for sure what the specs of your devices are and compare them against the manufacturers published specs.
The internal database is an improved version of Google's own device database, and there also an algorithm that will tell your if your device's fingerprint has been tampered with.
If you get a "no match" (or multiple matches) but you are sure you have a genuine model, just click on the "Identity" tab, type the name of the device you have on the Model edit box, click on the "Email" button and send me the identity read from your device so I can check the data and either confirm the diagnosis of a fake phone or update the application to include the new signature.
If you decide to submit the info to me, rest assured that absolutely no personal / unique info is sent.
Along with the new features, you can also share the details of the discovered information with your usual sharing apps.
AndroIDentity can also check for the presence of the "su" binary, which indicates your phone is rooted. This feature comes in handy for those just testing for root, of for those buying a supposedly new phone: if a new phone indicates the presence of root or "su", it had it's firmware or bootloader tampered with.
Even although the app asks for root permission, changes are made to your device, permanent or temporary, therefore it is absolutely safe to grant root permission.
Samsung KNOX Warranty Status
Some selected Samsung devices (such as the Galaxy S and Note series) feature a flag called "KNOX". If anyone tries to flash a new firmware to the device that hasn't been signed by Samsung, this flag is "tripped" (means it is set to "1"), and the warranty on the device is automatically void. Most authorized service centers will only provide repair under warranty if this flag is untouched.
Once the KNOX has been tripped, it cannot be changed back.
AndroIDentity will report the current status of the KNOX Warranty flag. If you're buying a new device, it is good practice to always check for the KNOX Status.
AndroIDentity is donationware. That means you are able to use for free it without any restrictions, but it will show some ads. You are, however, very welcome to make a donation from the app itself (on the "Donation" tab). This donation will keep me motivated to improve the devices database and algorithms to correctly identify fake, fraudulent and counterfeit devices.
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