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ADVANTAGES OF USING A ROOTED ANDROID PHONE FOR WIRELESS FIELD MEASUREMENTS

X-TEL Indoor Wireless MeasurementsThere are some clear advantages why wireless carriers, engineers and wireless consulting companies soon will look to Xpedite as the device of choice for wireless RF field measurements and analysis of cellular 3G and 4G networks. The first of which is the delivery system – which has never been done before. The delivery system is “on-demand,” 24/7, 365 days a year on Google play.

Xpedite is ready when you need it. The days of “requests for proposals,” “requests for quotations” and the wasteful time spent on the back of forth with the “competitive bid process” for drive test tools and indoor measurements tools should soon be gone forever.

As of this post, X-TEL has delivered the first and only field measurement tool for wireless drive testing and indoor RF coverage measurements available to anyone with access to Google play. This next generation tool, named Xpedite, is of course the perfect complement to the implementation of Wireless Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Networks and Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet), as the industry aggressively battles to meet the data demands of its users.

So besides the availability of the tool on Google play, what makes Xpedite unique from other tools?

THE DEATH OF TEST PHONE FLASHING | THE BIRTH OF TEST PHONE ROOTING

Probably one of the most important milestones achieved by X-TEL’s development team over the past several months has been the ability to develop, configure and deliver a platform that no longer requires dependency to any single test equipment vendor to deliver a field measurement test handset such as Xpedite. For 15 or more years wireless carriers, wireless engineers and wireless engineering consulting companies have been dependent on drive test vendors to FLASH their test phones with special software in order to perform wireless drive test measurements and indoor signal strength air interface data collection. Xpedite unchains this dependency by using ROOT ACCESS to empower the user with administrative privileges enabling them to keep their phone up to date with current releases of software used by their customer base.

Years ago FLASHING test phones was a minor inconvenience for users, since before the smartphone, a phone’s operating system (OS) was relatively simple – requiring few changes. In the Smartphone world this is not the case, and for both competitive and operational reasons the OS is indeed updated more frequently than ever before. If a user needs to pack, ship, and send their phone back and forth to the vendor for the update, then wait for its return – valuable time is wasted. In some cases, because of this delay and inconvenience, updates are simply ignored altogether and radio field measurements and optimization work continues, but with an outdated OS, sometimes providing erroneous results from what a typical subscriber would experience under similar circumstances.Image

Xpedite never has a problem with updating because the phone is ROOTED. When new updates are made, they are automatically downloaded to the phone from the Google play store, as Google intended it to be, easy, fast and convenient for the user. Now wireless carriers, wireless engineers, and wireless engineering consulting firms don’t have to wait to get their old Android phones updated so they can test what millions of subscribers are already using. They can perform their wireless drive testing and indoor coverage measurements with the same Android test phones and software version their subscribers are using.

There is also another overlooked and rarely considered issue. The fact remains that other Android test phones from other drive test vendors are actually "mashed" into test phones with a MODIFIED KERNEL. (What’s a kernel? Please do a Google Search.) While this can provide some benefits, in most respects it’s potentially as bad as putting Microsoft Windows on top of a Unix kernel, and pretending you are testing Microsoft Windows OS, when in fact you are actually testing Microsoft Windows OS on top of a Unix kernel. That’s different, and that is not exactly the best approach for testing and analyzing the complex wireless networks of the future.

Last, but not least, the FLASH process is indeed an antiquated method of delivery for wireless test mobile software – in essence, it’s a relic of the past. Sending a phone to a test equipment vendor for a flash update is like sending email via pony express. It’s pretty stupid considering the advances made with wireless data delivery of smartphone apps. Most important, it’s unnecessary, so why continue doing it? Get Xpedite today on Google play. That’s what we made it for – to make your job easier.

X-TEL is the only vendor currently empowering users to install sophisticated diagnostic test software for the measurement of wireless drive test and indoor wireless measurements to their OWN smartphones (and soon tablets), not a special phone with a MODIFIED KERNEL that is controlled by the drive test vendor. X-TEL is the only vendor to date that empowers its users to transfer their software from one phone to another free of charge. If your Android phone is older and you are updating to a new phone, simply ROOT the new phone and transfer your Xpedite license and you are on your way to measuring wireless air interface data without unnecessary delay.

Finally, and most importantly, you remain ahead of the curve as a user of Xpedite. You will never fall behind the version of software your subscribers are using. You will always have the latest updates as you should, which is not true with the other guys.  ROOT now.

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