Have you wondered if the 4G or even 3G speeds your service provider promised are actually available to you? It does no good for the salesperson to show you in the store just how incredibly fast their service works if it seems slower than molasses in January once you get home. Cell phone stores are often located in spots where the signal strength and connection speeds are curiously, almost suspiciously, strong and fast. The SpeedTest.net 2.0 version app for Android can likely resolve these and other questions about the speed and reliability of your Smartphone’s data connection regardless of where you are.
This app can be downloaded from the SpeedTest.net website where many people can go to test their home Internet connections and have gone for many years. The user interface on the website has evolved in many ways over the years and the app has inherited almost all of the most modern features.
One of the few things missing from the mobile app is the geographical location of both the user and the servers the app is indirectly measuring. This makes a fair bit of sense, since in the case of a Smartphone, the transmission speeds being measured are those between the device and the nearest local towers or hotspot, which are far too fine a level of detail to show very well on a map of the world. Almost all the other features are there, though, including a highly detailed graph of your performance which is a very useful tool to determine the consistency of your data connection.
This Android app will test both your direct cellular link and your WI-Fi path to local hotspots. It will even keep a record of your past tests which is a nice to have for resolving those vital “This app wasn’t this slow last Friday… was it?” questions. The app is as easy to run as its website counterpart. Just bring it up and hit the “Begin Test” button. The app does everything by itself, reliably measuring your download speed, upload speed, and ping by way of its trademark speedometer.
Once the test has run, the app displays a history or your prior tests, all of which are fully exportable, giving you invaluable ammunition for a conversation with tech support. In retrospect, tech support is much more likely to listen to such a backed-up complaint since SpeedTest is what they used to measure the connection speed in the first place. The absolute best thing about this Android app is that it is free and can be downloaded through the Google App Store on your Android phone.