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When it comes to testing bandwidth throughput of your Android device, the Speedtest.net app is considered a de facto standard - it's functional, the UI is gorgeous, and there is a good chance they have a server pretty close to your location. I've tried all the speed testing programs in the Market, and always kept coming back to this one. For a long time the app has remained unchanged on the Market, lagging behind its iOS counterpart and its shiny new user interface. Well, no more.

Ookla, the company behind the Speedtest.net app, just dropped version 2.0 into the Market, and I can tell you that their final product is simply gorgeous (especially if you've never seen the iOS version). The UI is completely revamped, the Thunderbolt upload bug seems to be fixed (I tested using my loaner Thunderbolt, and it no longer reported 30mbps+ speeds), the server selection process no longer puts me somewhere in Kansas, and the whole experience is a lot more polished. Older devices will benefit from the new animation quality vs. performance slider in the settings, while newer, larger devices will enjoy more native support for high resolution screens.

Check out the changelog and our screenshots below, followed by a link to the app's Market page:

  1. Completely revamped user interface:
  2. Takes advantage of higher resolution screens
  3. Animation speed slider added to settings to support older hardware
  4. Real-time graphs for download and upload tests:
  5. See throughput consistency over test duration
  6. Identify drops in connection quality
  7. Other improvements:
  8. Better server selection process
  9. Many bug fixes

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • skitchbeatz

    The UI is really..really slow even when adjusting the slider in the settings

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Works great on the Tbolt and the EVO. :(

      • Michael Livingstone

        Same works fine on Desire HD, SGS and G2 :)

  • Mark

    Am I the only one who saw massive speed boosts since updating this app. I've been hitting 8 - 10Mbps on my G2 instead of the regular 5 - 7Mbps. :D

  • GergS

    Speedtest.net only gives me 5 mbp/s upload even though every other place shows I have 25mbps. This has been the case for a year now.

  • JeffA

    it seems like this app actually got worse for the Tbolt. appears more like they added more bugs over fixing other ones...

  • http://donothaveone.com Ben

    I love this app but on my wireless network at home the app on my HTC Evo says I get between 3 - 4 mbps down and .3 - .5 mbps up. If I run the speedtest.net from my computer I get 6 - 7 mbps down and .4 - .6 mbps up. Not saying that it is wrong it just does not seem to be as accurate as I would like. Don't get me wrong this is still a great tool to use to get an idea of what speed you are getting and I love the new UI thanks for the update.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The speed difference can be explained by the different WiFi radios in each device. For example, my phone downloads data much slower even on WiFi than my XOOM on the same exact WiFi (like 2-3 times slower), so it's possible that a lower power radio on your phone is simply no match to your computer.

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