With Android P, Carriers Will Be Able To Hide Signal Strength Even On Non-Branded Devices Suggest Latest Commits

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Dec 27, 2017

Given the amount of competition in the cellular world, network carriers aren’t very popular with users. While they allow users to afford high-end devices at low monthly installments, these devices are often locked for the stated contract period. This and other practices often lead to users viewing them as a necessity rather than a choice. Now, we’ve got some more information for the next Android version, Android P. This, if true, won’t win networks any news fans. Rather, they might end up losing a few of their existing ones as well. Take a look below to find out more.

 Commits Suggest Carriers Will Hide Numerical Signal Strength In Android P For Reasons Unknown

When we talk about North American consumers, carriers play a huge part for the smartphone experience. A lot of critical features, including the availability of software updates depend on your network. Now, folks over at XDA developers have discovered some interesting details for Android P. Newly discovered commits suggest that carriers have requested Google to disable users from being able to see their exact signal strength.

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In case you’re wondering, no, this has nothing to do with the ‘bars’ shown at the top of your device. These bars are mere approximations of the signal which your device is receiving. This is measured in dbm. It’s the exact dbm value which carriers want blocked. And Google’s agreed to their demands as well.

It’s an interesting developing, raising several questions. The most important of these is why. While preventing users from migrating to other networks with a carrier locked device makes business sense, this is a small move that doesn’t look to bear any strong consequences. The reasoning strength behind this decision will be clear once Android P is out. After all, this change doesn’t completely disable you from detecting your smartphone/tablet’s dbm value.

You can still use third-party apps to determine numerical value for signal strengths. Only once Android P is launched will we be able to determine if carriers want to expand this restriction towards third parties. Till then, be secure with the knowledge that networks now want to restrict features even if your device doesn’t carry their branding. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

Source: XDA