Category Archives: Connecting the World

GSMA ranks the world’s access to the mobile internet (with a little help from OpenSignal)

While OpenSignal publishes plenty of its own reports, we occasionally contribute our data to other research projects focusing on global mobile trends. Last week the GSM Association launched just such a research initiative, and it’s quite the undertaking. Called the … Continue reading

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Go slow: how & why to test apps on poor connections

One of the recurring themes at OpenSignal is the staggering diversity of mobile experience. We see it in our Fragmentation Report on Android device models and in our Sensor Library. Phrases like “mobile first”, “responsive” sweep this complexity beneath the … Continue reading

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A look at the world’s LTE networks ahead of MWC

This time a year, the mobile industry’s attention turns to Barcelona where operators, network equipment vendors, device makers, internet companies and any number of startups — including OpenSignal — convene at Mobile World Congress. The headlines at MWC usually center … Continue reading

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CES: 4G is becoming the way our cars get connected

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas produced a lot of connected car news this week. GM announced it was investing half a billion dollars in Lyft. Google’s head roboticist took a job with Toyota to help hone the automaker’s … Continue reading

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Staying online while you shop: How wifi stacks up in NYC’s department stores

How do you do your gift shopping for the holidays? Online? In-store? A last minute panicked whirlwind battling crowds on the evening before your family get-together? Everyone has their own way of dealing with the rush that engulfs us at … Continue reading

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One of the ‘E’s in EE will soon stand for emergency

An interesting bit of news emerged last week in Europe: The U.K. Home Office has awarded a major government communications contract to mobile provider Everything Everywhere. What’s unusual about this contract is the types of government employees EE will serve. … Continue reading

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With Firefox OS dead, is there still hope for a Linux smartphone?

Someday a third mobile operating system may gain enough traction to challenge the Android and Apple’s dominance of the smartphone market, but it won’t be Firefox OS. At its developer conference on Wednesday, Mozilla revealed it was pulling the plug … Continue reading

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Orange gets into the electricity business in Africa

Orange already sells mobile service in countries across Africa, but now it plans to try its hand at selling another essential service to people on that continent: electricity. Orange has partnered with fellow French company Engie to build out power … Continue reading

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Could Facebook drones be used to fill in U.K. mobile dead zones?

Facebook VP of Engineering Jay Parikh has been making the rounds with U.K. media this week, talking up the social network’s plans to use drones to connect places throughout the world that currently get no cellular signal. In one interview … Continue reading

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Every developer should follow Facebook’s “2G Tuesday” example

Facebook’s Menlo Park, CA, campus may be blanketed in 4G signals and Wi-Fi connections, but the places where Facebook’s is growing the most don’t have access to such powerful networks. That’s why Facebook employees are engaging in an interesting experiment … Continue reading

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