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Earlier this week Ookla teased their revised and updated Speedtest.net app for Android, and now it's live in the Play Store for anyone to download. The go-to network test for end users and reviewers alike has been completely redesigned, with a new interface, new options, and the ability to remove the advertising with a $.99 in-app purchase. That's a nice perk for frequent users.

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The old interface wasn't exactly awful, but it had been going for several years without any sort of refresh. In addition to the new visuals you can also view your results on a map, which should help you get a good idea of the high and low spots for your networks. Most of the functionality from the previous version of the app seems to be intact. You can export your results in a .CSV file or share them directly using the Android share menu.

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Best of all (and perhaps the most-requested addition), Speedtest.net now scales properly on tablets and high-resolution devices. Well, sort of - the app background, menu, and map views use the entire screen, but the network speedometer and other UI elements are still kind of squashed to the center of the screen on tablets. The ability to view the app in landscape has been removed for some reason. Still, it's a pretty great update overall - Ookla's got my dollar.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Logan

    Honestly... I think it's kind of ugly. I preferred the old style, but would have loved a much more HD version. The colors in this really clash, and it's slow as balls on devices with 1080+ screens.

    • Alex Fischer

      Its not ugly, the colors are a little dull and washed out.

    • Android Developer

      looks like it's optimized for ios 7

  • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

    From the changelog on Play Store:
    "Upcoming features:

    Improved tablet support, more language localizations and improved result sharing."

    Now, it's only a matter of time.

  • Mystery Man

    It only took them 3 years...

  • Chilangus

    Did anybody notice the cat? xD

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

      I still don't see any cats.

    • redsmith

      holy fucking shit, I'm definitely having nightmares tonight... what's wrong with these people?

      • Thomas Wong

        I guess... Curiosity kills the cat ;)

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      WTF is up with the cat!?!?!

    • mariano zorrilla

      Evil red screen cat O.o

    • Alessandro Pomponio

      It's a thing commemorating the death of that evil-looking (lol) cat
      (August 8th 1997 - January 13th 2013)
      He lived quite a lot anyway

  • CJ

    Man oh man do I love me some "Completely revamped UI" updates in the What's New section :)

  • efan

    i can't use the app. it wont allow me to click the being test button. wtf.

    • Denoas

      That may have to do with your DPI settings. I checked this by going back to stock DPI and I could click the button. Go back to a non-stock DPI for your device and you can't click it. Well done, Ookla. Best update ever. /s

      • efan

        yeah fuck that. i'm not going through all that trouble for one little app that really shouldnt have that issue to begin with. i was all ready to reward the update by buying the ad free version. i guess they still havent learned how to scale for different screen dpi

      • Garrett

        But... it sounds like you're the one who broke it, not Ookla.

        • efan

          there really is no reason why changing DPI would make an app not work. no other app i have has an issue with it. it's just a poorly coded app.

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    >Speedtest.net now scales properly on tablets

    Not if it forces portrait...

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

      Well, it scales right - rotation is a different matter. But yeah, this is as silly as it gets: http://i.imgur.com/YlYTGBX.jpg.

      • J_Pod

        Same here on my Tf700, sigh.

      • Android Developer

        yes and unlike apple, they can't tell you "you're holding it wrong" .
        :)

  • Stacey Liu

    The speed needle motion is still laggy as fuck, even on my Nexus 4. Also, the tabs along the bottom don't swipe. This update is decent but they have a long way to go.

    • shadowx360

      Yeah, came on here to say the same thing. Been this way forever and they still haven't bothered to fix it. Really really bad UI code optimization.

    • spydie

      Nexus 4 is laggy on everything

      • QwietStorm

        Um. No?

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

        Hater alert....

      • Daniel DS

        FY my nexus 4 runs Asphalt 8 in the highest settings better than what my Galaxy s3 and my Nexus 7 ran in medium graphics

      • Stacey Liu

        You mean it's the smoothest phone on the market?

  • MrTreehorn

    Did they remove the ability to see if your cellular speed tests were via 3G it 4G in the results tab? Seems so, or perhaps I just missed it?

  • Darkbotic

    Why the new permission?
    "Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage"

    • Abe Lincoln

      Guessing for the .CSV export of results? The one I'm wondering about is the accounts permission to "Read Google service configuration", don't see that very often... from what I gather it has to do with location and maps but it still sounds like a pretty broad permission. Anybody else know?

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

      Storing and deleting results perhaps? But that feature was there on the (really) old version too. I can't think of anything else that would require USB storage permission.

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

    And still using Gingerbread assets... all those cats but no time to update to 4.0+ assets. Way to go Ookla! It only took you 3 years but at least you did something. Should be happy with that, I guess..

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    I think you missed the most important feature - the cat-picture easter egg

    https://twitter.com/dcarr622/status/383481864255590400/photo/1

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    i wish i had a 125/25Mb connection :/

  • Jacksy

    i'd like but there's no way to tell whether a test was on LTE, HSPA+, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS like on the old one :(

  • Peter

    how do i do the in-app puchase to get rid of the ads? i cant see an option anywhere.

    • Android Developer

      first do a test, then you will have a button on the right saying "remove ads".

      • Peter

        awesome, thanks.

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

      AdAway.apk

      *Win.jpg*

  • Android Developer

    so, here's another app that the developer are too stuck on IOS style they forget to learn it's a different OS...
    after saying things according to an image i saw ( here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/24/ookla-teases-speedtest-3-0-for-android-should-hit-google-play-this-week/#comment-1058966081 ) , i can now see it has more issues:

    1.no landscape.

    2. not targetting the latest version of android, so the dialog style remains as on older android versions, with the buttons switched.

    3. very slow when switching between tabs, much slower than previous version. maybe because of the fancy animations.

    4.when testing, it keeps getting the location from the GPS. it even checks for location after it finished the test (though it stops after a while). i'm pretty sure it should be enough for it to know in which city i am instead of the exact location...

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    I don't like it

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    • hale

      Cool hiden cat story in new speedtest app

  • FrillArtist

    It's just an iOS port. Rubbish.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Am I the only one thinking this has iOS7 approach to design?

  • duse

    Do not lower your standards and give credit where it isn't due, AP....this rewrite sucks. It's slow, laggy, awful colors, still doesn't scale right, and forces portrait on tablets. Do NOT hand over your money for this crap.

  • abobobilly

    Damn. Why these devs don't follow google's new design guidelines. We are about to get 4.4 and still same f*cking iOS copy apps.

    Why don't these people learn man? :

  • selonmoi

    Hello back button?

    When I've navigated three screens deep into your app, pressing back should not dump me back out to my launcher. Please don't make me hunt for your ugly custom controls (will it be an arrow on the left or an "x" on the right today?); that's what the back button is for.

  • rapperman

    Too little too late for Ookla. I gave up on them a few weeks ago after searching for a replacement for their seemingly abandoned android app which could never nail down my location and provide a server close to me for the actual test. This is what I now use: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agence3pp

    It's aesthetically pleasing and gets the job done. Allegedly there were ways to trick Ookla into getter better results. Wouldn't know personally whether that is factual or not but this product supposedly cannot be manipulated.

  • darkNiGHTS

    I still refuse to download a 12mb file for a speed tester. I'm currently using Speed Checker and it's a 851KB download, much more reasonable.

  • Matthew Fry

    No legacy button on the HTC One! Hallelujah, hallelujah!