Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easter Island Visitation?

Mysterious discoveries on the road....

Mobile Testing now in the Second Half

One this is for sure: switching from netbooks with data cards over to tablets has decreased testing time. As of yesterday, our team had completed over half of the test locations. Keep up the good work!

Thanksgiving in May

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo: 6% of Locations Tested As of Yesterday

Field testers have started with a strong showing in the Chico area as well as Los Angeles area. There are even a few completed locations along the Digital 395 corridor. Keep up the good work!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring 2015 Field Testing Has Begun!

As noted in an earlier post, we decommissioned the data cards and replaced them with Android tablets. It may be no surprise to anyone that we are seeing what appears to be performance differences between the tablets and the phones. The tablets, of course, are brand new and feature both faster processors and a higher category of LTE.

Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 16 GB LTE
  • LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916 (Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit)

Phones: Samsung Galaxy S4
  • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T (Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Goobye data cards & netbooks, Hello tablets!

For six rounds of mobile field testing, we have tested both smartphones (Android) and data cards. The data cards were run through netbooks running Windows OS. In the beginning, performance was not radically different between the two, but the the declining use of netbooks and data cards, and the increasing use of tablets, we see stark differences now between the two access methods.

For the next round of testing, planned to start at the end of April, we will be replacing the data cards and netbooks with Android tablets, specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 LTE, with 8" screen and 1200x800 resolution.