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    News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    Android application offered to help measure signal strength across the country.
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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    Its a good idea although I can't understand why it keeps wanting to use GPS to get an exact location fix. Wouldn't cell phone tower based rough locationing be good enough for a rough map (If you load google maps with GPS off you'll know what I mean). Anyway I've had to turn off my GPS as it was beginning to kill my battery.
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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    It needs the GPS, as that's how in notes your location when the phone cannot contact a tower, this data is then stored and forwarded once a connection is re-established.

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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    Quote Originally Posted by CWH View Post
    It needs the GPS, as that's how in notes your location when the phone cannot contact a tower, this data is then stored and forwarded once a connection is re-established.
    It can still use A-GPS without the need for actual GPS.

    TBH if you have no signal then more often than not you're going to be inside a building where you won't get a GPS fix anyway, so it's almost entirely useless, and reduces uptake because no-one wants to install a battery hog. As evidenced by the top x number of pages of comments on the app, all rating one or two stars with anti-battery-hog reasons.

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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    While there are a lot of Android phones out there I would have thought they would have made the app for at least a few more types of OS's. iOS, Blackberry OS & Windows phone 7, they do make up a massive proportion of smart phones.

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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    Android seems to account for 45% of the current smartphone in the UK:

    http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/36656...et-share-slide

    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...ures_show.html

    It seems BlackBerry has a higher market share in the UK than Apple!

    In many European countries the market share Apple had been reduced too:

    http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/...s-to-18-3.html


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    Re: News - BBC begins survey of UK mobile networks

    Splendid (note: sarcasm). The BBC has found yet another way to spend our TV license fees, but not on television or radio. I wish so much that I could opt out of the television tax.

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