Category Archives: Android Development

What Google Activity Recognition means for apps

There is no shortage of sensors on smart-phones – most devices have a lightmeter, magnetometer, three-axis-accelerometer and sensors for location (GPS, cellular/wifi radio). While it’s relatively easy for developers to access, for example, raw accelerometer data, it can be difficult … Continue reading

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Getting Started WIth Activity Recognition: Android Developer Guide

This one’s for the Android devs! Google’s Activity Recognition is so new it’s hard to find any documentation on it, although there are abundant news stories announcing it. I’ve put together a very quick guide on adding it into your … Continue reading

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Explaining Google Play Services

Google’s apps are usually the most highly rated on the market. Google Mail has a rating of 4.3 and Google Maps 4.4. These are apps I use everyday, highly functional yet extraordinarily simple. Google’s latest app (if it can even … Continue reading

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New permissions in version 1.99 (and how to check whether an app is malicious [ours isn’t :)])

We’ve had a few queries regarding the new permissions in the app version that is now rolling out. Two new permissions are added, they appear as: This app has access to: Your messages Read SMS or MMS Your personal information … Continue reading

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Introducing 3 new partners and an API

We started OpenSignal two years ago with the goal of bringing accuracy and transparency to mobile coverage maps. We’re excited to announce three fantastic new partners in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Passion Capital and Qualcomm Ventures, who bring a fantastic combination of entrepreneurial know-how and industry … Continue reading

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The many faces of a little green robot

… we’ve made a report on Android fragmentation. It has some groovy graphics. Take me there now!

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How to find apps

The best place to download Android apps is the Android market – provided you can access it – but that does not mean it’s the best place to find apps. Let’s take a brief look at what’s good and bad … Continue reading

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How to find an App’s Android Market Rank

The easy way: http://opensignalmaps.com/android-market-ranking.php At the above link you’ll find a tool that lets you search for apps and find how they rank in different sections of the Android market (tools, all applications). Note that Google calculates market rankings by … Continue reading

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Why it might be a while before you see your favourite apps optimized for the Xoom

Last night two of the Open Signal Maps  team attended a Motodev (Motorola developers) conference focussed on the Xoom, James Robinson (writing!) checked in virtually while Sina Khanifar was there in the flesh. The Xoom looks pretty neat… there are plenty … Continue reading

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How to get developers to fix stuff

This is a general post about how to make developers to fix stuff and keep them improving. It applies to us, but hopefully it will be helpful getting the full potential out of other apps. Email them If you have … Continue reading

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