More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Put Your Network to the Test with G-NetTrack
A long time ago (in internet years), when the XDA Portal was still young and the hordes of Windows Mobile devices were still around, dominating the mobile industry, there was an app called G-NetSpeed. This app allowed you to monitor your network (as opposed to it being the other way around) for quality and testing purposes. XDA Forum Member gyokov is back, and he has decided that his tool was useful enough to keep supporting. So, he did what any good developer trying to undergo self preservation would do with his work: He ported it from WM to Android.
Essentially, this app works by logging what your network behavior is like. Several factors are monitored such as signal strength, call status (in case the call gets dropped), data coverage, and much more. After using the app for a while, you will have effectively mapped out the best / worst areas of voice and data coverage for your network. You also get full control of the app and are able to start, pause, and completely stop the logging service.
Please note that this application works only for GSM, UMTS, and LTE networks. This means that those of you on Sprint (in the US) will find little to no use out of the app. The CDMA technologies are a completely different beast, and because of that, the dev has only released this for the aforementioned technologies. Please take it for a spin and share your findings with others.
This is a drive test application for UMTS/GSM/LTE network. The application logs the serving CELLID, RXLEVEL, MCC, MNC, LAC, technology and cell serving time.
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