OpenSignal updates crowd-sourced coverage app

OpenSignal's crowd-sourced cellular and Wi-Fi coverage app for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS has gotten a new update and is now available for all Android platforms.

OpenSignal creates independent maps of carrier network coverage based on information crowd-sourced from users of its Android app.

A post on the company blog said the new version enables users to see crowd-sourced coverage maps in-app and compare the quality of mobile networks directly on their phone with data from 200 countries. Further, the app enables users to locate nearby public access Wi-Fi networks, and see them clearly on a map. The company has logged more than 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Another feature of the updated app is a signal compass, which points users in the direction of better signal. In addition, the app includes a data speed-test feature and a stats tab that can track data, text and voice usage.

"We've received over 5 billion crowd-sourced data points on mobile coverage from well over 1000 networks around the world. We've crowd-sourced the location of over 100 million Wi-Fi access points," said company CEO Brendan Gill.

He added OpenSignal for Android has been downloaded 2.5 million times so far in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is working on a similar app for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, said Gill.

Last September, OpenSignal received $1.3 million in venture capital funding.

For more:
- see this OpenSignal blog entry

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