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Crowdsourcing app to map cell phone signal strength

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

  1. GalaxyMeh

    GalaxyMeh Member
    Thread Starter

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

    There is a site Cellreception.com 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. GalaxyMeh

    GalaxyMeh Member
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  3. milrtime83

    milrtime83 Android Enthusiast

    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.
     
  4. jodaboda

    jodaboda Member

    You can contact them to request that they get your city. I'm anxious to see...
     
  5. GalaxyMeh

    GalaxyMeh Member
    Thread Starter

    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 OpenCellId.org (that site looks quite haphazard IMO)
     
  6. JamesR

    JamesR Lurker

    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...

    http://opensignalmaps.com/images/qr_pro.png
     
  7. delec1

    delec1 Lurker

    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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