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Signal strength may be hidden by carriers in a future version of Android

Someday in the not-too-distant future, your Android phone might try to hide the quality of your current cellular connection from you. The eagle-eyed folks over at XDA Developers noticed a recent commit to the Android Open Source Project that indicates an option has been added for carriers to disable user-facing signal strength from appearing in the SIM Status screen in Settings. However, the motivation for this change is a mystery.

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Geek Overload: CyanogenMod 7 Now Has The Option To Show Exact Signal Strength (In dBm) Instead Of Signal Bars

The unstoppable CyanogenMod, Android's most popular custom ROM, is gaining yet another cool feature as of today, which is kind of reminiscent of the exact battery percentage mod that has become one of my favorites.

Starting with tonight's nightlies and future stable releases, those green signal bars ("can you hear me now?") can be replaced with the exact signal strength measurement, in dBm (decibel-milliwatt is an electrical power unit in decibels (dB), referenced to 1 milliwatt (mW)).

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.
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