08
Aug
whynotboth

For most people, you can probably pull a 3G/4G connection of a few megs. Alternatively, if you're somewhere with WiFi (such as at home), you can probably pull a few more megs. But the two are mutually exclusive - that is, if you're using one, you can't be using the other. Or rather, they were - because now, thanks to Super Download, you can run both simultaneously.

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Obviously, the app could provide you with some pretty impressive speeds, but it's still in the early beta stages. As such, even the paid version costs the Play Store minimum of $0.99 - quite the steal as it is, and with the price likely to go up as the app matures, it seems like a good time to snag it.

It should go without saying that you need to be careful with your data caps (if they apply), and the app may not be of much use if your data speeds are poor. Also, running both radios at once probably burns right through your battery, so we wouldn't recommend straying far from a power source. Finally, the developer warns that some device/ROM combinations may not be supported.

The free (lite) version only supports file sizes of up to 50MB.

[Source: XDA via Geeknizer/reddit]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/l4kai God.

    50mb file size,

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

      In the Lite version.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cedric.berger74 Cédric Berger

    I wish I could configure my phone to use 3G for some services(ports) only.
    At my office, Wifi blocks ports other than 80 and 443. So no GTalk, no push notifications. But Edge connection is just barely usable. Would be nice if I could let wifi connected, but also Edge so that push and GTalk work !

    • Josh

      That's an app I would be happy to pay $10 for

  • aatifsumar

    What this needs is a way to use a WiFi connection and my 3G connection and make a WiFi Point that lets all my devices use the multiplexed connection.

    • NemaCystX

      Thats an awesome idea, that would make your superspeed share-able with all devices then

    • John O’Connor

      I can't see the practical applications as you would already be within the wifi range at this point. it would be a pain to multiplex from a small device (Wirelessly) such as a phone since it would effectively cut bandwidth in half as many modern wifi routers do these days.

      Although you can already do a workaround for "channel bonding" on a computer by tethering your smartphone to the computer and then bridging the multiple (wifi and tethered smartphone) connections

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    This would be so much more useful if it wasn't limited to just downloading files. It needs to act as a wifi-hotspot to be really great. It's not that people don't download files, but I don't think that's where most people would get the most advantage out of this app.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I put a little more thought into this and started thinking about how it is most likely implemented. Considering what it does, I'm pretty sure this app is taking advantage of the ability to perform segmented downloads in the http and ftp protocols...It's the same thing that download accelerators use by breaking up the download into multiple parts and starting multiple connections.

      If I'm right, you can only download the files from http and ftp (I'm not even sure of ftp, and I seriously doubt they've incorporated https or sftp yet) and you have to download from servers that permit resuming (which is how segmented downloading is performed). This means you can't use it to download from sites like Rapidshare (without a premium account) and you can't use it to download streamed video (in most cases, but sites like youtube should work if support is added).
      It's cleaver, but it's going to always be limited to downloading individual files, and can never be used for tethering or most of the other really cool ideas. With a lot of work, the idea could be expanded into partitioned proxies (based on ports, like Cédric Berger asked for), but it would only be good for keeping certain things on one connection and other things on another connection to ensure Quality-of-Service.

      Logically, the only people who are likely to really get use out of this app are those who regularly download really large files like ROMs and SDKs and those who pirate movies and software from open access sites or paid services. Not to be a downer, but the pirates are also likely to be pirating this app right now instead of paying for it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/amishcrusader Shane Capuano

        Yeah, it's not channel bonding in the true sense, it would have to be a smart download manager, with the limitations set by website operators ("one ip per download") that you mentioned that people would come across. The practicality is severely limited by the devices you are using this with, and the sites that would provide the content (CDN's or cloud based storage sites).

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Dear gawd, thank you for saying 'channel bonding', I couldn't come up with any good term. Ahh, the side effects of sleep deprivation.

          • NemaCystX

            Wasn't Channel Bonding included in Jellybean though? I did read about it coming with a certain android device but i can't remember which one. I think I also need more sleep, my brain is slow today...

          • ploopy

            The only device I could think of that has this feature bulit-in, is the GS5

  • http://www.facebook.com/amishcrusader Shane Capuano

    This is a solution to a problem that never existed. I can't think of a situation where this would be needed or wanted. I could break it down into specifics if you wish, but if you had the money for a 4G connection and had a nice internet connection, you are going to run into bottlenecks. For downloading, you will run into the SDHC's speed bottleneck, and you will run out of space quickly. You wouldn't stream 1080p stuff from the internet onto your portable media device, as your screen resolution would be your "bottleneck" (and it would make more sense to be streaming from your NAS or computer using a media server such as plex or ps3 media server, besides). You wouldn't be able to use this as a hotspot as others have pointed out, as your wifi is already being used for downloading... this will kill your battery as pointed out by the author of the article.

    In short, it sounds cool, but has no practical application.

    • fixxmyhead

      doesnt matter faster downloads!!

    • aatifsumar

      Has tons of practical applications in India. Here, operators cap our upload speed to 0.5Mbps on wired broadband. However, on 3G we get great up and download speeds. That's why Facetime/Hangouts/Skype always end up with real bad quality. If the app can up my upload speed using 3G, would be a boon.

  • Simon Belmont

    Destroy your data cap? More like destroy your battery life. :)

    Still, this is really pretty cool. It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with this platform. ;)

    • NemaCystX

      I'd like to see how much can be done on iOS and Android as a comparison then show off what we can do on android compared to what iOS users can do. I really would, then I would shove it in the faces of all the Android haters I come across, I get questioned everytime why I like Android so much, but my answers aren't enough for them.

  • Falconator

    Military bases suck when it comes to signals and wifi. This would definitely be something I will look into since it does have something positive going for it.

  • NemaCystX

    Is it possible to combine two different wifi access points too? or is it only possible to combine them if there on two different channels? (ie: 2.4ghz vs 5ghz)

  • cbour

    how it is working? android phone close 3g connection when wifi is open