News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday April 19, 2011.
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Ookla has released version 2.0 of its popular Speedtest.net application into the Android Market. The Speedtest.net app will measure a phone's data connection speeds, whether it is using a cellular or a Wi-Fi network.
Version 2.0 of the app brings it to parity with the redesigned iPhone version that was released last fall. The user interface has been completely overhauled and the app now takes advantage of the higher resolution screens available on many high-end Android smartphones today. Users have control over how much animation is used during the test if they have a slower device that cannot support it.
The app will now show a graph of throughput for the duration of the test so that users can determine how consistent the achieved speeds are. Ookla also claims that the app has better selection of servers and many bugs have been fixed. One of the biggest bugs the app had was with testing 4G connections on the HTC ThunderBolt. When connected to the 4G LTE network, the old version of the Speedtest.net app would report inaccurate upload speeds, some as high as 40Mbps. Ookla claims that this has been fixed and that speed reporting on the ThunderBolt in 4G mode is now accurate.
Speedtest.net for Android version 2.0 is free and available in the Android Market now. Users can download it and continue to argue with their friends as to how much better their network is than others.
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