Root Wirless Updates App, Thanks Rooters For Help

Posted on 13. Apr, 2010 by in BlackBerry, Tech News

Actual screen shot from MyTrueCoverage.com

Root Wireless has had their application available for a short time and they are already seeing great results.  We have just been alerted to the fact that they have updated their mobile app to improve the overall performance as well as add some support for new devices.  I have been amazed at looking at the difference in signal quality/strength between my Verizon BlackBerry Tour and my Nexus One on T-Mobile.  If you aren’t currently using the Root Wireless application to keep track of your coverage give it a try, you may be surprised as well.  Visit http://www.mytruecoverage.com to download the application and get started.  Full press release as well as their update email down below.

Root Wireless Releases Root Mobile V1.1 for Blackberry, Android Smartphones

Crowd-Sourcing Network Monitoring App Now Supports Motorola Droid, Blackberry Curve 8530

BELLEVUE, WA – April 13, 2010 – Root Wireless, Inc., developer of patent-pending technologies that measure the performance of wireless networks and smartphones, today released Root Mobile™ V1.1, an upgrade to its crowd-sourcing app for Blackberry and Android smartphones, a free beta application that turns smartphones into network monitoring devices to help consumers determine which wireless service is best for them.

In addition to performance improvements, release of Root Mobile V1.1 provides support for Motorola Droid smartphones upgraded with the Android 2.1 download provided by Verizon Wireless. Root Mobile also now supports Verizon Wireless’ new Blackberry Curve 8530.  Other handsets supported include:

  • Google Nexus One
  • Motorola Cliq
  • Motorola Droid Eris
  • T-Mobile G1
  • T-Mobile MyTouch 3G
  • Samsung Moment
  • Blackberry Bold 9000 and 9700
  • Blackberry Tour
  • Blackberry Curve 8300 series (with exception of 8320)
  • Blackberry 8800 series

Since its public release March 22, thousands of wireless consumers have downloaded Root Mobile and are now crowd-sourcing network performance findings in communities across North America.

“The number of people downloading our Root Mobile beta is well ahead of our expectations, an early indication that wireless consumers are hungry for information about the performance of their carrier’s network – and the performance of competing networks in their neighborhoods,” said Root Wireless CEO Paul Griff.  “Every day we are receiving hundreds of thousands of new data points for analysis, and the number of data points generated increase exponentially week to week.  It’s exciting, and we’re racing to turn crowd-sourced findings into updated maps posted for the benefit of all wireless consumers.”

Root Wireless introduced its Root Mobile application last year when it launched Root Coverage™, an online service that empowers consumers to make better informed purchasing decisions by mapping and comparing network performance in many of the largest U.S. cities, where Root Wireless measures and reports the performance of services provided by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.  Now the company is speeding expansion of Root Coverage by encouraging consumers to download Root Mobile and join a grassroots crowd-sourcing effort contributing device-generated data that accurately measures true network performance as experienced when using wireless phones.

Root Mobile conducts tests that measure signal strength, data transmission speeds, network connection failures and other performance indicators.  The application runs unnoticed in the background, though users can choose to run a network test when they want. Root Wireless gives users of Root Mobile a personal website where they can view maps illustrating the performance of their own phone and the performance of their service.  User privacy is strictly protected and the data their phones contribute is anonymously added to the aggregated pool of data that Root Wireless makes available to the public by way of its Roots Coverage service.

Those interested in participating register at www.mytruecoverage.com.  Root Mobile for handsets running Windows Mobile operating systems will be released before the end of June, and it’s anticipated the application for the iPhone also could be ready before the end of the second quarter.

“Using smartphones that run operating systems supported by all of the networks, we anticipated that wireless consumers with Blackberry and Android handsets would do a great job of kick-starting crowd-sourcing for all, and their enthusiasm is proving us right,” Griff said.  “We are gratified by the early response, but we’ve got a long way to go in our quest to map the wireless world.”

Root Wireless already maps 16 U.S. metropolitan markets where consumers can compare wireless services in their neighborhoods – right down to specific street intersections in cities including New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas and San Francisco.  (Please see Root Coverage at http://reviews.cnet.com/coveragemap/.)  The company has mapped another four markets to be posted in coming weeks and increasingly crowd-sourcing will help expand Root Coverage far beyond the first 20 markets mapped.

The following is a letter sent to current users who are using the application which lists the improvements in the new version.

First of all, thank you for being part of this incredible movement. Your efforts have really helped bring awareness to issues with network coverage. You have helped collect over ~1,300,000 samples and we are not about to stop there.  We have some really exciting features in-mind for future versions and would really love to hear from our “Rooters”.  Before downloading the update, can you take a moment and fill out a quick survey at http://surveys.verticalresponse.com/a/show/666290/510eb94cb3/0.  We would really like to hear from you!

Root Mobile V1.1 is now available for download from your mobile phone at http://www.mytruecoverage.com.

V1.1 Changes

  • Performance and stability improvements
  • Additional power optimizations and battery life improvements
  • Updates to history screen
  • Improved GPS accuracy
    (requires Android 2.1 update from Verizon, see your manual for instructions on updating your OS)
  • Now supports the Verizon Motorola Droid*
  • Now supports the new Verizon Blackberry Curve 8530
  • Fixes an activation issue with the Sprint Samsung Moment
  • New on-device help is included
  • New upgrade notification system
  • Bug fixes

It is simple to update, you just need to go to http://www.mytruecoverage.com from you mobile device and download the updated Root Mobile application.

Don’t forget to continue looking at your personal map at http://www.mytruecoverage.com (coming soon to a mobile phone near you).

Update Notes:

  • Your history will be removed from the device after successful install. This is to ensure your history matches with your current Root Mobile application. However, all of your data will remain in your personal page at http://www.mytruecoverage.com (until you actually delete your device from your account).
  • On Blackberry, like for many third party software solutions, our device will ask for several persistent socket permissions. This is just to enable Root Mobile to send the network issue we collect to your personal pages at mytruecoverage.com.
  • In some rare cases, it might be necessary to reboot your device.

Thank you and as always, come to our community forum at http://www.rootwireless.com/bb and join us in the conversation about Root Mobile.

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