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Learning Android Forensics

By : Rohit Tamma, Donnie Tindall
Book Image

Learning Android Forensics

By: Rohit Tamma, Donnie Tindall

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Learning Android Forensics
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Google Hangouts analysis

Hangouts is a chat/SMS application provided by Google. Hangouts is the default SMS client on Android devices.

Package name:

Version: Default version with Android 5.0.1 (not listed within the app)

Files of interest:

  • /cache/volleyCache/

  • /databases/babel#.db (our device had babel0.db and babel1.db)

  • /shared_prefs/accounts.xml

The cache directory contains .0 files, as discussed in the Google Maps example earlier. The files contain a URL to fetch the profile pictures of contacts, as well as a .jpg embedded within the file. Visiting the URL or carving the .jpg from the file will recover the contact's picture.

The babel#.db file contains all messaging data. On our test device, babel0.db was blank, and babel1.db had all of the data for the active account. There are many tables within this database worth looking at:




This contains conversation data. There is a unique conversation_id value for each chat. The latest_message_timestamp...