Crowdsourcing app to map cell phone signal strength

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by GalaxyMeh, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. This is one of those ideas that will make you go "Duh, why haven't I thought of this before".

    There is a site that tries to aggregate cell phone reception from users who bother to leave reviews. But data collection can be made much more easier, even passive:

    Make an app that sends the phone's GPS location and the 2G/3G signal strength of the current provider in that location, to a centralized database, aggregate the results, and make them public online.

    Nth Signal seems to be an app like that, but I can't find it on the market, and the reviews on Androlib are not good.

  2. milrtime83

    milrtime83 Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Except Root Wireless only has data for select cities right now and doesn't have a program available for anyone to download and use yet.
  3. jodaboda

    jodaboda Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    You can contact them to request that they get your city. I'm anxious to see...
  4. They're about to release Android version, but yes, I talked to the developer of Antennas, and he said he'll add a feature like this, using (that site looks quite haphazard IMO)
  5. JamesR

    JamesR Member

    May 26, 2010
    Check out Open Signal Maps. The app does a bunch of cool things like show you where your cell towers are - like antennas - but also has a radar view. Plus it does the same for wifi routers.

    (disclaimer: I helped build this app... it is my baby :) I should probably also say, since our 'beta' launch last week we've been getting 1m strength readings a day, and 50k new wifis mapped as well. We think that is goig to shoot up a lot... especially when we put in the new features we're working on. Check out OpenSignalMaps - Cell Phone Tower and Signal Heat Maps for more

    Get it here...
  6. delec1

    delec1 New Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    I tried OpenSignalMaps and it works, even has time graph.
    Doesnt have however what I was searching, a localized map of my home, so I know where to put the extender antenna.

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