Remember the days of yesteryear when smartphones were all about the Windows Mobile experience with a good old stylus to assist with navigating around the system? We may not have had the advanced technology that we have now in terms of touch panels and high-definition displays, but even the early Windows Mobile devices had a set of fantastic and powerful apps like the original G-NetSpeed creation that allowed connected cellular networks to be monitored.
Android users can rejoice and swim in nostalgia, with the news that the original developer has pumped new life into his original creation and launched it on the Google Play Store under the G-NetTrack name. The app is essentially a powerful network logging tool that runs on the device and intercepts information directly from the connected GMS or UMTS network and feeds it back to the user for analysis through the purpose-built interface. Most of the important aspects of network connectivity are monitored by G-NetTrack, allowing a comprehensive picture to be built up relating to the device and cellular network it is connected to.
With smartphones and cellular capable tablets playing such an increasingly important roles in our lives, it is important that we understand how our network is performing for us, alleviate any issues that can be controlled and possibly move networks if things aren’t working out. G-NetTrack offers the ability to monitor the received signal strength on the device as well as the status of calls with call sequencing functionality that can detect when phone calls are dropped or when calls are blocked for some reason.
Automatic download data sequencing is also a pretty important part of what is offered by this application and allows users to measure upload and download bitrates. The logging aspects of the app can be started and stopped without any trouble, and the overall picture that is built up regarding the network may actually prove to be quite interesting. Seeing if the service and network that we pay for is performing as promised or as expected is vitally important.
G-NetTrack is available to download free of charge from the Play Store and requires a device running Android 2.2 or above.
(Source: G-NetTrack for Android on the Play Store)
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