Sensorly Shows Where the 4G Really Is (3G too)!
Sensorly shows unannounced Los Angeles Coverage
Summary: The updated Sensorly app tells you:
• Do you actually have 4G and just don't know it?
• Who offers the best 3G coverage in your area?
• How accurate are the coverage maps?
Android|Central members are reporting 4G coverage in announced and many unannounced markets. San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Nashville, Manhattan, St Louis, Chicago, Richmond, Denver, Delaware, New York, and other markets have reported coverage in areas not on Sprint's maps. Some aren't even on the notification list.
There have been other apps like Antennas that can find 3G towers but how do you know where your 4G (and 3G) coverage really is?
The Sensorly Map Viewer can answer all of these questions. Sensorly users have been quietly mapping the real 4G coverage all across the US for weeks now. Sensorly automatically charts your coverage while you drive. This lets Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and international users keep their carriers honest with real 3G coverage charts on the Sensorly website. The maps on your phone are much higher resolution, to within 50 feet.
Version 1.2.9 is still free and brings a number of nice upgrades but the best is that in addition to showing 4G service in green, areas tested without 4G are now in blue. Has your area been tested? Just turn on the app as you drive and your results will automatically be compiled to the maps in a few hours. Sensorly will show you who really has the best coverage in your area and proves where the dead-spots really are, even block-by-block.
Note that the HTC EVO reports 3G signal levels but only shows 4G as "On" or "Off." Also, as Sprint continues to test towers, you can expect unannounced cells to be off at times. Just search on "Sensorly" in the Android marketplace or download from AppBrain or the Sensorly website.
Some suggested settings: Menu → More → Settings
• Turn screen on while scanning ON - otherwise it will not scan!
• Show legend and status ON - so you can see if you are collecting data.
• Scan WiFi networks OFF - unless you have public WiFi networks you want to scan
• Allow passive scanning OFF - when you are done so that Sensorly does not run when it is off.
• Also Menu → Map in background - to be able to keep mapping while using the phone for other things.
Go forth and chart the uncharted lands!
- 06-29-2010, 02:24 PM #2
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- 06-29-2010, 02:32 PM #4
The app was just updated to show where users are finding that there is NO 4G.
- 07-04-2010, 02:50 PM #7
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I would not call this exact, it says my house has no 3G, when I have 5 bars. I am close to some open space that humans are not allowed in so it may just be thinking that area is not 3g as no one mapped it. But still pretty cool. I will have to go up to Denver and try the 4GIf you build a man a fire, he will be warm for the day. If you set a man on fire, he will be warm for the rest of his life.
- 07-05-2010, 11:20 AM #9
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- 07-06-2010, 01:15 PM #13
One thing about this app to keep in mind, it runs in the background and uses your data connection as well as your GPS for you battery conscious people.The Storm has cleared to an Incredible day! I ate an IceCream Sandwhich. Still needed JellyBeans. ;-)NEXUS!!!!!!
- 07-06-2010, 05:57 PM #14
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- 07-08-2010, 01:29 PM #16
Sounds like they are really ramping up 4G, can't wait till Verizon starts rolling out LTE in full strength. Going to be nice. What kind of true speeds are you guys with the EVO getting in 4G areas? And does the amount of signal you are getting affect the speeds at all?The Storm has cleared to an Incredible day! I ate an IceCream Sandwhich. Still needed JellyBeans. ;-)NEXUS!!!!!!
- 07-08-2010, 01:38 PM #17
Seems useful. No data in my area, so I'm letting it run to try and fill in the map.
Weird thing. On Appbrain, it comes up fine when you search for "Sensorly". Installed it, and couldn't find it in the launcher. Turns out it's called "Map Viewer" when installed.
- 07-14-2010, 11:00 AM #19
This is a fun program, but last time I installed it, it killed my battery even though I told it not to run once I dropped below 90%. Was this fixed? If so, I'll reinstall.I'm a tech junkie with a weak spot for Good Music, Good Beer, and Excellent Coffee.
- 07-14-2010, 12:39 PM #20
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- 07-16-2010, 12:53 AM #22
I've seen it fill in when I drove in an unmapped area. I have vague memories having to choose 'live update' or something off a menu. I'd check the menus out. Or someone with better memory than me might come along and be specific.Palm V-->Palm Vx-->Palm m505-->Garmin iQue3600-->Treo 650-->Treo 755p-->Palm Pre-->EVO 4G-->EVO 3D-->Droid Razr Maxx-->Galaxy S4
- 07-16-2010, 10:56 AM #23
Now if I'm not mistaken for this to actually work, and map out the locations, we have to leave the screen on and just let it dim? If we actually tap the power button to shut the screen off it won't map our area's even if you have it set to run in the background?
- 07-16-2010, 02:37 PM #24
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Checked their website.
"4G maps : green indicates 4G is available. Unlike other types of wireless networks, Android phones currently do not report how good 4G reception is so it cannot be plotted at this moment."
Even with that said I have full strength 4G and it shows blue not green....
Thought this would be a good app.