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  1. Hello all, I have been visiting S4GRU for quite some time, and one of the most common issues I see popping up is confusion from users--especially when they first get 4G LTE devices and/or LTE service--regarding their signal strengths. For some reason, the signal bars on many devices do not display what most users expect them to display. It seems strange that we have to enter special dialer codes just to see what our LTE signal is! With that in mind, I started creating an Android app from scratch. I had never created an app before, so it took a few months before it was ready for the public, but its time has come. Robert and a few others have been beta testing it for me since October, and I recently released it onto Google Play. Robert gave me the go-ahead to give it a mention here on S4GRU, so here goes.. It's called SignalCheck, and it is available on Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Blue+Line+Computing The "Lite" version is free; the "Pro" version has a small one-time fee but includes a bunch of extras, including signal bars in the notification area, a widget, the ability to alert a user when they pick up an LTE or 800 SMR signal, one-button instant connection reset, the street address of the connected 1X site, and menu shortcuts to some screens that are usually only accessible with dialer codes. I intend to offer S4GRU Premier Sponsors special benefits in the near future, as soon as I figure out a feasible way to do that. This is the first app I have ever developed, so I'd appreciate any and all feedback, both positive and negative. I have been trying to educate myself as much as possible regarding cellular technologies, as I didn't know much before I started this project. My goal is to make this app as accurate and useful as possible for all the "nerds" on here.. myself included! I intend to continue squashing bugs as they are reported, and adding features as they are requested. As I learn more about Android programming and cellular technology, I'll improve things. Please let me know what you would like to see, and I'll do what I can. My "Beta Crew" helps test out the app before public updates are pushed out. Membership is by invite only but anyone is welcome to join in our discussions or get a sneak peek at what is going on (see thread here). Links: SignalCheck Help / FAQ | Change Log | To-Do "Wish" List | Known Issues | SignalCheck on Google Play -Mike Here are some screen shots from a previous version.. there have been tweaks since this release, but this is basically what you get:
  2. Root?

    hey guys i m curious what you guys think about rooting phones and the positives and negatives about it.... let the discussion begin!
  3. Hi everyone, I've been using this site for a while now, and LTE is starting to pop up around me (still haven't connected to it personally yet though). I have a rooted galaxy s3, and from what I've heard, when you connect to LTE, the only sort of notification you get is that the 3G changes to the number 4G in the notifications bar. Since I don't often look there (and glancing up there I probably wouldn't catch sight of it unless all of a sudden my data was going a heck of a lot faster), I'm wondering if there is a way to change what it shows in the status bar as 4G. Maybe something obvious like YOUR_ON_4G or something like that? Or if that's too long I'd rather have it just say 4G LTE so it'll be a little different? Does anyone know how to do this? Right now I'm running stock but I'm considering cyanogenmod for all its themes. Thanks everyone, Joe
  4. Supposedly it will be released on all major carriers in Nov. We will def. see how this will play out. http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/08/18/blackberry-venice-android-phone-pops-up-in-a-few-more-promo-pics-courtesy-of-evleaks-allegedly-coming-to-all-carriers-in-november/
  5. Hello, Can somebody test this fieldtest/netmonitor android app on LTE and tell how it works. Here is the link to Google Play: G-NetTrack Short description and screenshots: This is a fieldtest/netmonitor application for UMTS/GSM/LTE/CDMA/EVDO network. The application monitors the serving CELLID, LEVEL, QUAL, MCC, MNC, LAC, technology, cell serving time and neighbor cells CELLID/PSC and LEVEL.
  6. With the FCC and Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have agreed to this new unlocking policy. How does this effect sprint phones such as the IPhone. I have heard that Sprint can unlock your phone but you can not take it to other carriers such as Verizon and the IPhone can only be used overseas. (Correct me if I am wrong). I am glad that this has finally happened. But when it comes to Sprint how would this work?
  7. When you get your Nexus 5, you can drastically speed up your apps with Android's new virtual machine in 4.4. They are calling it Android Runtime (ART) and it's replacing the old Dalvik runtime. Summary: Go to Settings->Developer options to change runtimes. With ART, apps may be up to twice as fast because it uses the Ahead-Of-Time (AOT) compiler rather than Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. More info: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/06/meet-art-part-1-the-new-super-fast-android-runtime-google-has-been-working-on-in-secret-for-over-2-years-debuts-in-kitkat/
  8. According to VR-Zone - Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to come in late October, also optimized for older phones http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusiveandroid-5-0-to-come-in-late-october-will-be-well-optimized/36950.html#ixzz2W62wle3s
  9. Looking to replace my Galaxy Nexus with a phone that has a much stronger signal strength for locations within buildings and in the outskirts of towns. Of these below, which phone has the best signal strength? Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTV EVO LTE, Motorola Photon, LG Optimus G or another.. I also want the 'disable roaming data' option to work, so I don't get hit with roaming charges in Canada. This option does not work on the GNex. It seems as though the SIII would the best bet right now, right? Even though I love bare Android, a working phone is more important to me. I have a Nexus4 for my work phone, that phone is amazing in every way. thanks very much
  10. NV LTE Speeds

    I do not know if there is already a thread for this but I left Sprint back in June due to the horrible speeds after 10 years with them I went to T-Mobile. I plan on switching back before the year is over once NV is more blanketed in Ohio more so Columbus OH. But for anyone who has a good amount of LTE in their state, How are you LTE speeds. Currently I am pulling in 30mbps on T-Mobile which is nice but I do not need all that. So how are Sprint's LTE speeds and how consistent are they?
  11. The newest Android phones have insane - 2GB - amounts of RAM and 4 cores and most people - hopefully not the ones here - say "WOW! Android phones are SOOO much better than iPhones and Windows Phones cause they have WAYYY more memory and 4 cores! I'm buying an Android cause it's gonna be so much faster" But the reason why they have so much memory and cores is because apps are written in Java which needs a Virtual Machine which needs memory and more processing power compared to a native app. I'm sure there's caveats to above statement but that's the gist of it. And the sad part is that all the extra processing power still doesn't make up Java. Just compare the fluidity of Ookla's Speedtest app. The needle doesn't even stutter in Android; it updates at .2 frames/sec while in iOS it behaves like a needle, though this may be due to lazy use of the Android API. So given its inherent limitation and ESPECIALLY on a mobile platform, WTF did Google use Java as their framework? It's not as if people don't also know C++. If you want automatic memory management in C++ like Java, use boost's smart pointer. Done. [Chirp Chirp] If Apple and Microsoft can make a native SDK, why can't Google?
  12. Pretty cool Visual map by mapbox of iPhone vs Android twitter users. "More than 280 million Tweets posted from mobile phones reveal geographic usage patterns in unprecedented detail" http://www.mapbox.com/labs/twitter-gnip/brands/#4/37.37/-102.35
  13. Sprint Unlimited Data

    Honest opinion, once sprint is near complete with the Network Vision build out do you guys think that sprint will still offer unlimited data? I know with lte comes increased usage and because of that do you think sprint may turn to data limits to keep the network from being hit to hard?
  14. "Keep in mind that this list is unofficial and Google has yet to formally unveil an Android 4.3 build. With that said, this list seems fairly accurate at first blush; newer, more popular models getting the latest release while others stay back." http://www.androidguys.com/2013/05/30/list-of-htc-devices-slated-to-receive-android-4-3-arrives-before-version-is-even-announced/
  15. "The Kansas-based carrier has announced that it would be allowing MVNOs to custom-brand select devices from Sprint’s line of Android phones. The first three phones in the program are the LG Optimus G, the LG Mach, and the Sprint Flash." http://phandroid.com/2013/03/20/sprint-mvno-phones/
  16. Great Article by Andy Ihnatko, who is a noted author, columnist at The Chicago Sun Times and Macworld, apple guru, and apple fanboy!!!! http://www.techhive.com/article/2030042/why-i-switched-from-iphone-to-android.html
  17. "It seems that Android Police got hold of documents from Qualcomm (QCOM) earlier this week showing that next major version of Android, dubbed Key Lime Pie, will launch sometime this spring." http://bgr.com/2013/...ie-leak-314118/
  18. Merry Christmas Everyone! Leaked Sprint playbook images show Jellybeans starts in a few hours.
  19. As of January 1st, I am eligible (finally) for my upgrade. I have read and researched exhaustively, and still am on the fence about which device to buy. I have had Samsung Android phones as my last two phones (the Moment, and then the Epic 4G Wimax, otherwise known as the Galaxy S1 on other carriers). On the plus side, I do love many aspects of Android, including the customization options and I've played with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean phones and the improvements over Gingerbread (which my current phone will obviously be stuck with until hell freezes over) are impressive. Yet I've also played with the iPhone 4S quite a lot (my best friend has had one for some time now) and I love that it doesn't freeze up, hesitate, or have any error messages...and it feels good in the hand, hardware wise), and have owned an iPad for nearly 2 years...so I do like the idea of adding a device to the same ecosystem. Has anyone else upgraded to either of these devices recently, and if so, what are your impressions?
  20. "Consumer Reports gushed over the device (iPhone 5) and called it “the best iPhone yet.” Apparently the best iPhone yet still isn’t as good as top Android smartphones" If the HTC One S is a 77 at T-Mobile, then the EVO LTE should be tied with the LG phone at Sprint???!!! http://bgr.com/2013/...-rating-284502/
  21. http://bgr.com/2012/12/21/android-updates-manufacturers-carriers-262823/#more-262823 HTC fared the best when it came to updating its devices, with an average time of 4.8 months, although Samsung’s updating schedule dramatically improved with its Galaxy S III smartphone, which was updated in an average of four and a half months. On the carrier side of things, T-Mobile was found to be the most reliable with an average time of 5.8 months for updating devices. Sprint is the second best with an average of 6.5 months and unsurprisingly AT&T and Verizon are found at the bottom of the pack with average times of 7.8 months and 8 months, respectively.
  22. Some cute holiday videos from the android team. Notice the Nexus 10 docking station!!!! in the 2nd video about the 1:14 mark.
  23. So, everyone wonders why android 4.0 is such a vast improvement over 2.3 gingerbread. Well, ill run everyone through why i think it is better. Performance: Gingerbread is and can be pretty snappy on some devices, but with gingerbread being a much larger operating system, more RAM and disk space is needed to store all the features and files that are in the operating system, which drastically slows down the execution of programs, as well as hindering the speeds of the device, depending on the hardware. Ice cream is a bit smaller in size for devices, which allows more memory to be available to the system, as well as allowing more RAM, and better RAM management for the said device. Productivity: Ice cream is just more functional than gingerbread is. With speed enhancements, GPU Acceleration, and better battery optimizations, Ice cream sandwitch is just a much more flavorful topping to the devices that are already sweet! I will finish the rest of this thread later, my time is limited at the moment. For now, comment away!
  24. EVO still a good phone?

    Since all the issues the EVO has been having, is it still a recommended phone?
  25. HTC Please Read & Listen!

    To all, I sent this to HTC so that they could try and see what they are doing wrong. I had originally just gone to their site to write about the EVO LTE, LTE issues but this is what poured out of me when I started writing! LOL If you don't like rants of suggestions move on, but if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament... Crap... V for vendetta (Best Movie Ever) taking over again! LOL! I suggest everyone on this forum, who has an HTC phone (or not), go to the HTC website and blog to leave feedback. I'm guessing HTC doesn't read the tech blogs perhaps or maybe they don't know how we (their customers) feel? Maybe they don't know about the plaguing LTE issues on the EVO LTE (WINK WINK)? And most of all, enjoy...
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