Version 0.94 What’s New?

About 12 hours ago we released a new version, at first glance there doesn’t look to be much difference but there are a few things hidden in there which you may enjoy:

Shows more wifi routers. When you navigate to the map screen for the first time the app sends off two queries to our databases: one for nearby cell towers on your network (this has been in the app for a long time); and one for unprotected wifi routers. It asks for 20 cell towers and 100 routers.

Export to SDCard. A common question we’ve had is “Can I save data?” Now you can: in the app, hit menu button, select the settings button (the bottom of the menu items)>> Data Sharing>>Save cell data to SDCard on upload. I’ll do a separate post on the format of the data, when it arrives, things that can go wrong — and whether there’s anything that should be changed. It’s a topic that deserves special attention.

Shows WiMAX. Another highly requested feature. The app has been able to distinguish WiMAX for quite a while. But we weren’t sure where to show it. This might seem strange, isn’t it clear it should go where we ended up putting it in the information overlay, next to “Connection: ” below “Network: ” Well that’s where it is now. Why did we ever scratch our heads over that?

Deciding where WiMAX belongs was tricky because of the way 4G phones deal with voice vs data – ever wondered why some phones don’t do simultaneous voice and data? When you’re connected via WiMAX on current phones your telephonic data is still being handled by a 3G technology (like EVDO – which is why the app used to show that). In fact this is the root of the problem with simultaneous data: on curent phones like the HTC Evo you can’t telephone people using 4G with the exception of using VOIP services like skype, and since you can only be using a 3G or a 4G technology at one time, you can’t use data and voice. This is going to change with the introduction of the HTC Thunderbolt which will see users of Verizon’s 4G LTE (note not WiMAX) able to use voice and data simultaneously, just like GSM users have been doing for years!

CDMA users who downloaded early will erroneously see WiMAX whenever they are connected to EVDO A, we corrected this in less than 12 hours, but did not change the version number. If you get this error, go to the market and update the app.

Shows CID in a better format Thanks to the advice of Ken Hunt (creator of RF Signal Tracker) we’re now converting the numbers shown on the map screen for 3G antennas. This won’t be very interesting to most people, but if you’re an site engineer, or you have a very specific complaint for your network it can be useful.

There were quite a few little changes beside these, one worth mentioning is that now the app remembers if you were looking at Wifi or cells when it is completely closed and reopened. This should be handy if your cell reception is generally good but you like to hop between wifi hotspots – you won’t have to toggle to opening the wifi screen every time you open the app.

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2 Responses to Version 0.94 What’s New?

  1. Giles says:

    I am considering buying a Thuderbolt/Verizon but frequent a location that just has AT&T towers. Will your application allow me to have service or is it possable? Thanks, Giles

    • Sam says:

      Hi Giles,

      Our application will show you signal towers and signal strengths of cell networks around the country. It won’t let your Verizon phone use AT&T towers. A Verizon phone will only work where there are Verizon towers, or other CDMA carrier towers that have a roaming agreement with Verizon (e.g.Sprint). AT&T is a GSM network, which means it’s impossible for AT&T and Verizon to share towers.

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