Turbo mode (formerly known as Battle mode) keeps your GPS on (even if you hit the “Home button”) it prompts the app to collect more wifi and signal readings and at greater accuracy. It really helps us get a lot more data, but be warned like anything that uses your GPS it also uses your battery.
We’re in the process of setting up an accounts system so people can compete to collect the most number of wifi/signal readings. That’s why this option is called “Battle mode”. It’s also inspired by the art of “wardriving“. We’re also looking to set up a web console with personalised analytics – signal readings and maps for your device or devices.
There will be a high scores list for wifi and cells. This is exciting, trust me!
At the moment this system is in private beta (or maybe gamma?). I’ve found that competing with the other guys working on Open Signal Maps to pick up the largest number of wifi routers and cell towers has got me away from my computer a lot more than normal. Sometimes being geeky can be healthy.