Get a better feel for real-world usage with user-submitted speed tests

Crowd-sourced mobile coverage mapping app Sensorly has received a big update today with a new interface and set of features. First up is a general redesign of the whole app that brings it more into a modern interface. The maps have been updated and show more detail, and functions are now accessed with slide-in drawers from the left and right edges.

These are the same crowd-sourced data sets for all major carriers in the US and beyond, but now end users have access to the vast number of speed test results collected in these locations. Where available, you can choose to view average speed results for the carrier's coverage that you're viewing, giving you a better look at real-world speeds.

The latest version of the app has been giving us a few issues with slow load times on the map data, but we're assuming that's an issue that will pass as fewer users are hammering servers asking for complete data sets. You can grab the updated Sensorly app from the Play Store at the link above.

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cason_lanier says:

One of my favorite app, But am having a few crash issues myself. And the map is very sluggish

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rkopsie says:

Map is severely slow, and can't get the Ariel view to work.

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sibeans says:

Hmmm, I'll give it a try

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jeddo45 says:

Sprint sucks!

There is dirt, then 60 feet of crap, then there's iOS...

sibeans says:

Agreed, a quick glance of those results in SFBayArea confirmed the awful 3G reception I had previously when I was on Sprint/Boost

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mule0331 says:

The issue I see with this stuff is you can get vastly different results in the same area depending on which server you connect to. When I used speed test, I could switch servers, run another test and get much better (or worse) results.

ACADM says:

I have to agree, my tests have come out much slower using this app than they did for Speed Test 3.0. However this app is incredibly pretty, much more so than Speed Test 3.0.

spierce617 says:

This app did the update twice for me and it has been working fast and fine ever since.

Don't update! Coverage map is horrible now, hard to read as they got rid of Google Maps. Look at the threads on with all the complaints

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elshagon says:

Map is no longer accurate. Location is correct, but street names are wrong. Map is also very hard to read. Also had French language on half the screen. I went back to the previous version which was much cleaner looking and easier to use.

greatgoogly says:

On my Nexus 4, sluggish, buggy, a virtual Krappenfest! Anyone have an apk for the older version?

sk8trix says:

Worked nice for a few minutes then kept crashing on LTE nexus 7 but it looks awesome I'll try it on my S4

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rap1 says:

I looked at the coverage maps on their website and they were useless. Don't show coverage a lot of places I know there is coverage. I live in an area serviced by US Cellular but yet it shows no coverage anywhere near here.

Nostradamus says:

The coverage is based on users running the app and collecting data for the map. All "doesn't show coverage a lot of places where I know there is coverage" means is no one on U.S. Cellular in your area has mapped anything. In areas where users actively use the app, coverage is updated quicker than the carrier's maps (see Sprint's ongoing 4G roll out).

jerrod6 says:

Sooo If I live in an area that I know has AT&T LTE, but the map isn't showing that it's because no user using AT&T LTE is using the APP? Don't know how much I would trust this kind of coverage reporting. I would like to know the coverage and not have to depend on individuals to be using the app because who knows what you are going to get?

icebike says:

As mentioned, they only show coverage where someone has actually measured it.

But their algorithm is deeply flawed, because they will report no coverage in the middle of a block and coverage on ALL sides of that block.

Their coverage circles are unreasonably small. Their understanding of radio signals is juvenile.

Rather than considering using actual No-Coverage Reports (that is, having your phone record where it lost signal, and report it when it reconnects) to knock holes in covered areas they just assume that no reports equals no coverage, which is patently not true.

As a result, their software only maps streets. But we already have street maps.

I've tried to point this out to them, but they are too arrogant to listen to reason, or improve their logic. All it would reasonably take is widening their circle radius proportional to the signal strength. Strong signal = big circle, weak signal = smaller circle.

Instead we get colors.

rudyy50 says:

Crashed 30 seconds after i installed it; uninstalled it.

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starztruk says:

Anyone notice how this update is hot on the heels of the recent Speedtest update? Competition is serious.

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MarkMcCoskey says:

I'm enjoying this app. Been using it for a couple days now. I'm obviously the only one in my area with a T-Mobile LTE phone using this because the area was showing only green (3G), but now is building a purple (4G LTE) grid. I also see that I am right on the border, which is no big deal since I have great WiFi here at home.