1. milominderbinde's Avatar

    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 01:28 PM
  2. dekcufi's Avatar
    i searched for it but it comes up empty
    06-29-2010 02:24 PM
  3. joek1971's Avatar
    great app, show spots in brooklyn ny
    06-29-2010 02:25 PM
  4. dekcufi's Avatar
    yay it comes up now i am gonna go try it out
    06-29-2010 02:32 PM
  5. milominderbinde's Avatar
    great app, show spots in brooklyn ny
    Turn it on and let it map everywhere you go. So far it has been really accurate in finding the deadzone holes in 3G coverage as well. If you are on a call you can see if you are about to lose someone.

    The app was just updated to show where users are finding that there is NO 4G.
    06-29-2010 02:40 PM
  6. milominderbinde's Avatar
    yay it comes up now i am gonna go try it out
    What results have you seen so far?

    Remember it can take a few hours for your new readings to be compiled into the maps.
    06-29-2010 05:04 PM
  7. McPlot's Avatar
    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 4G
    07-04-2010 02:50 PM
  8. milominderbinde's Avatar
    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 4G
    It can take overnight for your new data to show up. It them averages it with other data it has gotten. For instance there are some Android phones that have notoriously bad signal that may have been in the area. Over time your good signals will balance it out.
    07-05-2010 09:25 AM
  9. acme64's Avatar
    i spent the whole day in Baltimore yesterday and the 4G would just read "connecting to sprint" and never did. Fail :/
    07-05-2010 11:20 AM
  10. milominderbinde's Avatar
    i spent the whole day in Baltimore yesterday and the 4G would just read "connecting to sprint" and never did. Fail :/
    Did you run Sensorly so that it could be mapped?
    07-06-2010 10:28 AM
  11. dekcufi's Avatar
    i spent the whole day in Baltimore yesterday and the 4G would just read "connecting to sprint" and never did. Fail :/
    i read somewhere that sprint only has 41 4g towers up and running and thats not very many considering that the list of 4g cities is what 30 something
    i had sensorly and used it for a few days let itrun freely in backround and map but it never updated my area
    07-06-2010 12:53 PM
  12. milominderbinde's Avatar
    i read somewhere that sprint only has 41 4g towers up and running and thats not very many considering that the list of 4g cities is what 30 something
    i had sensorly and used it for a few days let itrun freely in backround and map but it never updated my area
    It has to be at least 80 towers looking at the concentration of signal maps. But still it is hardly coverage. Fortunately it seems that they are constantly adding new 4G towers.
    07-06-2010 01:02 PM
  13. Qazme's Avatar
    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.
    07-06-2010 01:15 PM
  14. acme64's Avatar
    looking at the map the harbor is covered
    07-06-2010 05:57 PM
  15. bpmurr's Avatar
    I got coverage 4G coverage in the Canton area of Baltimore City during the weekend.
    07-08-2010 10:21 AM
  16. Qazme's Avatar
    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?
    07-08-2010 01:29 PM
  17. dwhitman's Avatar
    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.
    07-08-2010 01:38 PM
  18. milominderbinde's Avatar
    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.
    I will add that to the opening post
    07-11-2010 08:30 PM
  19. Menno's Avatar
    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.
    07-14-2010 11:00 AM
  20. Lorak's Avatar
    Still running it now and then. Guess I am the only one in my area, since the only mapped area is where I drive. But is cool to see that it is filling in.
    07-14-2010 12:39 PM
  21. rebelleader's Avatar
    I have been running sensorly since sunday and have not seen any of my maps update.

    Doing something wrong??
    07-15-2010 09:43 PM
  22. MikeBinOK's Avatar
    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.
    07-16-2010 12:53 AM
  23. Mark_in_Tulsa's Avatar
    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 10:56 AM
  24. D Evo's Avatar
    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.
    07-16-2010 02:37 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD