Detecting Carrier IQ normally doesn't require the device to be rooted.
The removal process is more advanced and requires the user to root the device, or unlock the device's boot loader (applies only on Nexus devices) in order to remove it.
On February 27, 2012, Carrier IQ announced an extension to its IQ Care platform designed to allow mobile operators to provide consumers with direct insight into their mobile device experience.
On November 16, 2011, Carrier IQ sent Eckhart a cease and desist letter claiming that he was in copyright infringement by posting Carrier IQ training documents on his website and also making "false allegations." On November 28, 2011, Eckhart published a You Tube video that demonstrates Carrier IQ software in the act of logging, as plain text, a variety of keystrokes.
The platform aggregates data from many devices and produces KPIs (key performance indicators) that network operators and mobile device manufacturers can use to assess the quality of services they provide and to troubleshoot mobile device and network problems.
Analytics Domains are MSIP components that enable the system to calculate specific KPIs.
Carrier IQ's first analytics domains were on CDMA signaling, later implementing UMTS (third-generation mobile cellular technology for GSM networks), LTE (a standard marketed as 4G LTE) and device-specific domains for device stability, battery and application performance.
On December 12, 2011, Carrier IQ released a document to explain their software and its uses.
Through its MSIP its software "aggregates, analyzes, and delivers data to wireless carriers and device manufacturers.