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4G around the world: OpenSignal’s State of LTE report returns

In OpenSignal’s latest State of LTE report, we once again look at the speed and accessibility of the world’s LTE networks, this time examining 78 different countries. While we find the usual suspects in the top rankings — for instance … Continue reading

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A look at Italy’s high-performance networks

Today OpenSignal published its first State of Mobile Networks report for Italy, and what we found were powerful 4G services that Italian operators can be proud of. Their one limitation was reach. While Italian 4G subscribers were able to connect … Continue reading

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You’re covered: What operators mean when they talk about coverage

Last week EE CEO Marc Allera made a bold pledge. He promised to expand EE’s 4G umbrella to 95% of the U.K.’s land mass by 2020. At first glance, that may not seem very aggressive considering EE already claims its LTE … Continue reading

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Can T-Mobile become the operator of rural America?

When OpenSignal released its State of Mobile Networks report for the U.S. last month, we noted T-Mobile’s big uptick in LTE coverage — the result of new network investment using new low-band spectrum. Simply put, T-Mobile customers found that they … Continue reading

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Sensing Samsung: The evolution of sensors in the Galaxy S series

On Sunday at Mobile World Congress, Samsung is expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone. There are a lot of speculation and rumors swirling about the hardware and features in the new Galaxy S7, and our CTO James Robinson has … Continue reading

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Galaxy S7: both Qualcomm and Samsung chips seen by OpenSignal

The Galaxy S range has always embraced multiple variants – the S6 for example comes with about a dozen different internal configurations (the cell radios and sensors they used). Some of this is unavoidable, CDMA networks aren’t going to work … Continue reading

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AT&T will trial 5G this year, pitting it against Google fiber

AT&T plans to get its feet wet in the still murky 5G pond this year, joining arch-competitor Verizon and operators around the world in conducting early trials of the technology. AT&T announced its 5G roadmap on Thursday, detailing plans to … 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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10 gadgets, gizmos and contraptions OpenSignalers love

The holidays are upon us, and that means we’re starting to see gift guides galore. At OpenSignal we didn’t want to publish the same list of hot new digital gizmos you can read about on any other blog. Instead we conducted a poll, … Continue reading

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Almost a New Year, almost new maps!

As many of you will know, a few months ago we ran a survey to determine the best new design for our coverage maps. We were looking to improve the colour scheme, the granularity, and the colour of areas where … Continue reading

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