Beta-Testing: What you need to know

Updated 20 March 2015

It’s an exciting time at OpenSignal, and we’ve got lots of things we’re working on to make the OpenSignal family of apps even better. However, we won’t be able to do it without your help!

Do you like what we do? Become a beta-tester! You’ll get exciting new versions as soon as they come out, and you’ll have a chance to give us invaluable feedback early on in the development process.

Here are the apps that we have going now, and how to join their beta-testing programmes:

For Android:

For all of our Android apps, join the relevant Google+ community and you will be able to access the beta version through there.

OpenSignal – join the OpenSignal Beta Google+ community

WeatherSignal – join the WeatherSignal Beta Google+ community

CrisisSignal – join the CrisisSignal Beta Google+ community

WifiMapper – join the WifiMapper Beta Google+ community

For iOS:

Apps that we have for iOS are: OpenSignal, WeatherSignal (only collects data with iPhone 6 or 6+, as these are the first models to have a barometer), and the newest addition to the family, WifiMapper (our global map of recommended WiFi hotspots – see more at wifimapper.com).

The beta-programmes for our iOS apps involve a different process. Here are the instructions on how to join:

  1. Enter in you iTunes email address and the apps you want to test into the form below.
  2. Install the TestFlight app on your phone – this is the beta-version management system.
  3. When you receive the invitation to join an app’s beta-testing programme, open the link with either the default Apple mail client or with Safari (some users have had problems if opening the link by other means).
  4. Test away – and don’t forget to tell us about any bugs you encounter or any features that you would like to see in the next version!

Please also note that on iOS, beta versions are only active for a month, so you may not get an invitation to test a beta when you join. If you would like to know when the next beta version will be released, please feel free to contact me at teresa@opensignal.com.

Thank you very much for your participation!

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2 Responses to Beta-Testing: What you need to know

  1. Flying_Kiwi says:

    Alas no Windows Phone App Beta Testing opportunities. I thought there was going to be mention of your desire to create a Windows Phone App (and the hurdles you’ve encountered) somewhere on this website. My phone is the last with a proper slide out keyboard so I’m not going to change to another without this feature no matter what the brand is. I travel extensively and would love to help out using an Open Signal App but nothing is there. You’re missing out on getting valuable information as long as there isn’t a Windows Phone 7.x/8.x compatible version.

  2. Teresa says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your feedback. One of the reasons we haven’t built a Windows Phone app yet is lack of access to the needed APIs to read the signal strength of the network. It may be possible to make a basic version of the OpenSignal app that reflects whether or not the phone is connected to a network, but we would have to test this to ensure that it actually reflects instances of no signal, instead of other events.

    Hopefully we can get a start on a Windows Phone app in the next year.

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