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When it comes to testing your network speed, Ookla's Speedtest app is the unmatched champion. But it hasn't seen a substantial update in a very long time, and it doesn't even scale properly on some devices (*cough* Nexus 4 *cough*). Looks like the company has been working on a new version of the app for a while now, which it just teased on Twitter.

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As you can see, it keeps the same familiar gauge for testing, as well as the same overall layout, but it looks substantially more appealing. And since it's running on the Nexus 4 here, device compatibility should be much better with version 3.0. We've reached out about the possibility of a tablet UI as well, though it's probably unlikely that larger-screened devices will see anything more than what's shown above.

Aside from the picture, Ookla noted that the app should be "coming this week." We'll let you know as soon as that happens.

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  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Obviously still iOS layout.. but at least will be fullscreen now.

    • sivkai

      Hmm, the bottom bar makes it a bit iOSish I suppose, but IMO I quite the like the look. Looks very edgy and contemporary, suits the purpose of speed test :)

      • Zargh

        It's definitely a straight port of the iOS version.

        • Chris Hutchinson

          iv always thought that but it doesnt have the easter egg (pull the results down). strange they would remove that.

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          I got downvoted for saying that. Strange world!

    • Shitiz Garg

      I like the look as well, it isn't too iOSish. I guess I can pass it for Android

      • Josh Brown

        I'd still like to see a proper ActionBar. It's really not hard.

      • Android Developer

        no, it does seems like people from IOS world have developed it. here are some things that show it:

        1.title in the middle.

        2.fake action bar with back button on the left, without the ability to long click on action items.

        3.tabs at the bottom.

        4.shown well only for some devices.

        5.no UI handling of horizontal screens and tablets.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      It's not an iOS layout. It's the same layout as this app has on other platforms. The only part of this UI that isn't completely built from scratch by Ookla is the bottom navigation bar and, in case you haven't noticed, official Google apps even use this concept. And "buttons on the bottom" is not a distinctly iOS thing.

      Not everything that isn't #holoyolo is immediately a hacky iOS port.

      • Jens Knutson

        The tab bar is straight out of iOS, albeit with some custom colors. And the only Google app I've seen which uses a bottom nav bar is Chrome, and they're an exception in a number of ways anyhow.

        That said, I think it's unfair to judge the app based on static shots of a single screen. People should wait for the release and actually _try it_ first, FFS.

      • Magneira

        Yeah, just because it hit ios first does not mean its an ios port, its theyr stile, last app followed the site desing, so both android and ios had that desing.

      • Android Developer

        No, you are wrong.
        Tabs at the bottom is not considered native Android XP.
        check this out:
        http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/pure-android.html

      • miri

        Bottom tabs aren't an Android pattern. Some Google apps have quick-return bottom action bars (not tabs) and the only app with bottom tabs is Chrome's new tab page, but that'll be gone soon. As for other platforms, BlackBerry 10 is the only OS other than iOS that uses bottom tabs.

  • skitchbeatz

    Hopefully the animations are smooth

  • Dominic Powell

    Fina - effing - ly

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      still - not - there

      • Dominic Powell

        i know but there is some semblance of hope... i cant tell you how many times i deleted the app because i couldn't stand to look at it.

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          And its still going to look like an iOS clone.. that really pisses me off. It took them a century to finally bring an update out and its still half-arsed.

          • Kevin

            Yes, it's nearly identical to the iOS app, but it doesn't necessarily use iOS specific design cues, either. It's basically a port of the flash applet on the website. It just happened to be released on iOS first. If it was a direct iOS port, it'd have that stupid back button in the top left that every iOS app uses.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Point. But those tabs at the bottom... I bet those won't be swipe-able.

  • Labrat

    Good start but more HOLO please!

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    Hate to see it took MONTHS to get this update after iOS.

    Developers, we're not second class citizens!

    Cheers!

    • Chris

      Usage statistics and downloads for speedtest on Android blows iOS out of the water. Not sure what the hold up was...

      • Matt

        Out of curiosity, where did you see those stats?

        • Dominic Powell

          yeah i want to see them as well... Although I think he is right. There are double the amount of reviews in the play store than the itunes store.

          • Roh_Mish

            I own an ipad and truly speaking the ios app store may have more games and apps but the store itself feels like an HTML 4 page with some flash script. It takes ages to load the content while on my phone on same network (nexus 4 on same wifi) loads play store content with the imagery in less than 2 seconds. Even the most famous apps only have around 100 reviews atmost showing apple users dont care to review the app.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      and Windows phone lmao

      • Roh_Mish

        Windows phone is much better than iOS but that crap gets all the attention.

  • LockesKidney

    can someone tell me why it took so long for them to do this????

  • Grimmjow

    All HOLO guidelines down the drain even now.

  • Matt

    I love how the related story is the 2.0 update from April 2011, when it looked exactly the same as it does now. ICS came out 6 months after that; that's how old the current design is for an app that's been downloaded between 10 million-50 million times (they really should make those figures a little more specific on Google Play).

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    All that time and they still couldn't make it native Android-looking. And its still not out... These guys must be some of the slowest devs ever. Shame there isn't a single other bandwidth testing app worth installing on Android.

    • mike dunham

      "Coming this week" does not mean "available right now"

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        What part of my comment implied its available right now?

        • mike dunham

          "And its still not out... These guys must be some of the slowest devs ever."

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Eh? That means that "its still NOT out". How does that mean "available right now" ??

    • MeCampbell30

      Not every app has to "look android." If app developers want to theme in unique ways they shouldn't have to put with grip because they deviated from the recommended, not required, style guidelines.

      Side-note: Unique does not mean using gingerbread styling.

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        Totally fine with that. There are many examples of non-native Android apps that still look and function beautifully. What I'm not fine with, though, is iOS ports. Those are just hideous!

        • Brandon Jiang

          this isn't really an iOS port... this is just how speedtest looks now (wp8 looks like this too)

  • McLean Riley

    The smoothness of the iPhone vs the Android makes this app almost unusable when you see it on both. It has been like this since I HAD to use an iPhone as a work phone. I just hate seeing developers make the Android app worse than the iPhone app. It is pretty annoying and I get to see it first hand all the time.

  • gbyers72

    FINALLY!

  • Scott Warner

    Scaling issues on the Nexus 4? Did you ever try it on the Nexus 10? Thats bad...

    • Justin W

      I'm pretty sure it just never scaled period... Even on my old bionic it didn't scale..

      • Roh_Mish

        It scales in some devices like note 2 and does not on others.

        • Justin W

          Didn't know that, but I'm surprised it did. It pretty much always took up the same 3.5 inches at the bottom of the screen for me. I don't understand why they don't put more work into updating their apps. I understand that initially, iOS was a more important/larger market, but that's clearly changed and their app is horrible on Android. This will make it a bit better, but there are still things they need to change.

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

    I'll be the first to say it in this thread, I guess, but I like the bottom nav and I hate the menu on top in general. I really like how it looks now too, as long as it scales properly on tablets.

  • baconslayer09

    About damn time. The old app is great for speedtests, but it doesn't even scale to screen of the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 2013.

  • jbkly

    Finally.

  • abobobilly

    My only complaint to these app makers is that they NEVER seem to follow Google's design guidelines, and almost always make a direct post of an iOS app to Android.

    However, i am glad that they are atleast changing the OLD app.

  • Cherokee4Life

    I wish someone would release a bandwidth testing app that was actually accurate an true to real download speeds. When I run a speedtest and it says I have 20MBps and then download and 20MB app from the play store it takes way more than 1 second to download..

    • kenjab

      That's because internet speed is measured in Mbps (megabits per second) while file sizes are measured in MB (megabytes). There 8 bits in a byte, so it would take at least 8 seconds to download a 20 MB file with a 20 Mbps connection.

      • Cherokee4Life

        don't get technical with me and all this bits and bytes crap. I just want it to WORK!! lol

        • Di Lu

          Just set Speedtest to test in KBps, there goes your problem.

    • Roh_Mish

      Its Mbps not MBps

  • mikeym0p

    FINALLY
    I dont even mind the iOS layout. I'm just glad my phone wont go GameBoy mode when I use the app.

    • QwietStorm

      What's that mean?

      • Android Developer

        I think he meant that the app looks very small on some screens, since I get it too.

        • Roh_Mish

          On nexus 4 it is in a box on note 2 it is stretched and looks pixelated and the dynamic things like server and speed and sometimes ping (if it is too much) overlaps others

  • nvillaco

    Does anyone know how this app compares to the Speedtest.net app? I've always used the .net app and never knew about Ookla. What's kinda funny is on this article, the first sentence refers to Ookla as the "unmatched champion". On the latest androidpolice speedtest.net article, the first sentence calls it the "de facto standard". Haha so which is which here?

    • kenjab

      They're the same thing. Ookla owns the speedtest.net site and app.

      • nvillaco

        Haha wow I'm dumb. Oops... I guess it really is both the unmatched champion AND the de facto standard.

  • Zaatour36

    Overdue!

  • Mick Collingwood

    Hopefully they're more reliable than Blackberry at releasing apps.

  • miri

    And it's still and iPhone app... lovely. Doesn't look half bad, though.

  • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

    It only took them like forever to finally do it. The IOS has had this layout for almost a year and we get this now? I'm not picky but have you seen the comments on the app? The IOS people don't even appreciate this app and still think it's too dumbed down whereas the loyalists over at Android just want a damned update.

    • Roh_Mish

      Have you seen the app on an iPad? It is not still tablet optimised and with iOS 7 the option to keep the app in a box is gone so i cant use it as it looks way more unusable.

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