FieldTest / NetMonitoring app for Android 7

I have released a first version of the field test / network monitoring application for Android 7 (Nougat) devices. With this app, you will be able to collect xARFCN data from the network and know which frequency band your smartphone is using.

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Quick overview of the Wi-Fi on board SilkAir flights

Recently I had a flight to Singapore on a SilkAir plane equipped with free Wi-Fi on board providing a streaming access to a selection recent movies, TV short features and some music for all passengers, but no access to Internet which is the very costly part in an airplane. SilkAir is the short-haul carrier of Singapore Airlines which operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing B737-800 aircrafts.

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Test: Termux, your Linux terminal on Android

Recently I was looking for a way to run some commands that I used to do under Linux command line and I found the Termux app.

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Developping a FieldTest app with Android N (Part 3)

Playing with the app in Singapore: I bought a Singtel tourist SIM card while traveling in Singapore for a few days and tested the app to see what they were using for their 3G and 4G networks.

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Developping a FieldTest app with Android N (Part 2)

I started to develop a FieldTest application for Android that I will publish on Google Play for everyone to use. I wanted to do this because of the frustration of not being able to find an app that is both eye-candy and reports useful information from my network.

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Developping a FieldTest app with Android N (Part 1)

​Recently I discovered that Android N (7.0) provides a new method getArfcn() to get the Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number, which gives you the exact frequency identifier that is used by the mobile phone on 2G (ARFCN), 3G (UARFCN) or 4G (EARFCN).

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Android field test shortcode

Did you know that by entering a shortcode on most Android phones, you can access a hidden menu which gives you a lot of information about the network and device, including radio frequency used (ARFCN) and signal performance?

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