"Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers can not disable", the spokesperson reportedly said.
However, Google claims the data was never used or stored, stating it was originally meant to help improve message delivery speeds.
Google said that the data was never stored and that Cell ID requests would stop by the end of November, after an update to the messaging system.
"In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery", the company said in a statement to The Sun.
The Cell ID was never incorporated into Google's network sync system and all the data was "immediately discarded", the company said.
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Every time a device with a cellular data or WiFi connection came within range of a new cell tower, it would broadcast the addresses of nearby cellular towers and send the data to Google.
However, Quartz says the California-based company does allow advertisers to target consumers using location data, which has obvious commercial value.
"When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location".
MCCs and MNCs only provide a country code and network code, which are not precise locations, and are used by all phones that connect to the Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Privacy concerns emerge as Google confirms it tracks Android device locations regardless of user settings. Fortunately, we're not aware of anything like that happening to Google recently, which could have been especially damaging in the context of a newly revealed location monitoring policy.
The move by Google also does not appear to be limited to any particular type of Android phone or tablet; Google was apparently collecting cell tower data from all modern Android devices before being contacted by Quartz. The tech giant promised to roll out an update that removes the cell ID collecting feature by the end of this month.
Most phone makers or app developers record user data at some point to fine tune their services for a better user experience. The more pings, the greater the battery drain, so the data collected about the country and mobile networks is used to work out the the minimum number of pings required to stay connected without draining the battery - so called heartbeat analysis.