Since the surge in popularity of Android smartphones, creating Android applications and using location data in these applications have soared. Due to how quickly Android applications are being created, it is difficult for companies who have created forensics tools to keep updating their programs in a timely manner for investigators to use.
This has created a need for a forensics tool which allows forensic investigators to analyze a new Android application themselves since, in most cases, criminal investigations are a time sensitive matter. The purpose of this research is to introduce a prototype for a tool which would allow investigators to identify where important data is being stored on an Android device and update the forensics tool themselves in order to assist other investigators in the future.
Source: Iowa State University
Author: Jeffrey Alan Kramer