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Speedtest 3.0 Coming to Android This Week, Goodbye Ancient UI

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According to Ookla’s Twitter account, we should see a revamped Speedtest 3.0 app arrive on Android this week. In the teaser pic posted this morning, we get a glimpse at the end of an era in terms of ancient smartphone app design. The Speedtest app – which has 10-50 million downloads on Google Play – has long-been our source for LTE, HSPA+, and WiFi speedtests from mobile devices, but has also been one of the most cringe-worthy in terms of appearance. In fact, the official screenshots for the app date back to pre-Gingerbread – likely Froyo territory. 

The app pictured looks decent, outside of its wild neon color scheme. Anything is an improvement over the current and very neglected offering from Ookla. The layout appears to remain the same, with Speedtes, Results, Settings, and About buttons layering the bottom. As Adam has already mentioned in the comments, it looks exactly like the iOS version.

Hopefully, it does a better job at finding the closest server for more accurate results.

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Via:  @Ookla | Android Police

  • Chris

    iOS had this for sometime. about time android got it. Who cares if its not holo. Holo isnt the only god damn interface out there. besides google doesnt enforce it like apple does with its interfaces.

  • Tojen1981

    Don’t care much about the looks, just give me an ad-free version. The ads make the app look cheap and annoying.

  • Biyobe

    I’d like to see some enhanced features… like the ability to set a schedule for the speed tests to run. Verizon is trying to tell me there isn’t a data speed issue in downtown Denver… in the morning I’ll start out around 3Mbps-7Mbps and by mid-afternoon I’m down to around 0.25Mbps (yes that’s a ZERO in front of that)… lowest I’ve seen is .09. With scheduled tests I could actually get routine results for days and then submit it to verizon to show the garbage we’re dealing with in this area…

    • RockItCity

      What you’re experiencing is a congested network. I’m having the same issues at various places around town. Probably won’t be resolved until they deploy AWS LTE. I’m (this) close to switching to AT&T. I miss phone calls with Verizon every day. The calls never make it to my phone. Wife having the same issues. Me = android, her = iOS

      • Biyobe

        Ya just an embarrassment that Verizon cannot have enough coverage towards in the downtown Denver area… if people have speeds this crappy… PUT IN MORE TOWERS!!! 🙂

  • imronburgundy

    This picture is a rouse by Ookla. They updated the iOS version and now there are very annoying ads at the bottom. Don’t get too excited.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Looks great!!!

  • Tyler

    How am i going to show my friends what the menu button on my phone looks like when this was the only app that displayed the menu button!

  • Eric

    Woohoo now I can test my speed in style.

  • zurginator

    Anyone here capable of building a proper android speedtest app? I will gladly do all the design work and provide needed files.

  • Wyveryx

    What’s a speedtes, and can I have one?

  • J2886M

    when can we expect this beauty?

  • Bigwavedave25

    Oooh, pretty…

  • Malcolm James II

    I can’t believe it’s taken this long. iOS has had the version for months, but better late than never!

  • Michael Shorey

    frankly i never had a problem with the current ui. it does what i need and that’s all i need it to do. it’s not like i stare at it for lengthy periods and need it to look pretty.

    • Chris

      2009 called. it wants you back.

      • Michael Shorey

        2009 was full of good times for me.

      • Gavin Steiner

        What an idiotic, useless reply. How old are you? 10??

  • Josep Reis

    about time 🙂

  • panicswhenubered

    14ms ping? da hell?!!

    • Tim242


      • panicswhenubered

        Best I can manage is 64ms on a SonicWALL WAP connected to FiOS.

        • T4rd

          Doesn’t matter what type of connection you have if the server you’re testing with is several hops/hundred miles away.

  • Jason Kahn

    I’m in Manhattan and it keeps defaulting to servers either in Georgia, or Toronto. Always have to manually select to get accurate results, hopefully this fixes it.

  • Please Tweet them to add action bar & navigation drawer.

  • duke69111

    Its a speed test app, not your girlfriend. How pretty does it really need to look, as long as it functions.

    • Adam Truelove

      That’s not the point.

      • Tim242

        Yes, it is.

    • Chris

      True, but maybe android should go back to its doughnut or eclair days for you.

      • duke69111

        No need to go backwards smartass. I was just simply stating that there is nothing wrong with the current look and that its functional.

  • Tim242

    People still use this app? Who cares what it looks like??

    • Ian

      Yes. The people who use the app.

    • Chris

      Yes. there IS a world outside your little bobble.

  • John Jenness

    It’s a network testing app…why the hell do I care what it looks like? The fact that is shows a “speedometer” is silly enough.

    • jbdan

      lol! I never thought about how this app looked until this article…

      • darensdorff

        This^ hahaha

    • Tim242

      Haha Fast is fast. People should stop using this app already.

      • thelolotov

        I see you there, Verizon/AT&T! Nice try!

  • Raj Bhatt

    I just went and looked at the screenshots in the Play Store. Holy crap, I forgot Android looked like that 4 years ago haha

    • T4rd

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure those screen shots were taken on the OG Droid/2.0-2, lol. Pretty bad.

  • jbdan

    OT ::from the screenshots of the play link app:: Would be cool to see some old “throwback” froyo’ish status bar icons in a modern theme. Ya know how stuff comes back “in”…

  • tyguy829

    Still don’t like it. HOLO or GTFO

    • Tim242

      It’s a network speed test app. Fast is fast, slow is slow.

    • joejoe5709

      Ported from iOS (pre iOS7) so don’t expect much. We’ll be well past HOLO before they decide to redesign again.

    • Chris

      Holo isn;t everything

  • Gnex

    Let’s make everything flat and overly simple now that mobile graphics processors are so powerful and efficient. I hope Kit Kat doesn’t jump on this bandwagon.

    • zurginator

      Bitmaps don’t take any more processing power, regardless of the style they’re drawn in.

      The big thing is it actually requires a very pixel-dense screen to provide good ‘solid’ colors. That’s why we’re seeing things move this way.

      Also textures and gloss just look god awful 99% of the time. At least now there is some actual design work going into things, rather than just slapping a few gradients on a generic icon.

    • Cowboydroid

      Regardless what you think about textures, computer screens are still 2D interfaces, and design should reflect that. Until we get actual 3D computing environments, 2D graphics should be the norm in UI design.

  • woot

    MKBHD getting accosted in that twitter post

    • KoTiell

      Wow… @MoonMoney1 had a lot of things to get off her chest.

    • baconslayer09

      Was I just on /r/applecirclejerk? That was cringeworthy.


    FINALLY!!!!!! I don’t why it took them so long to do this in the first place

    • Gnex


  • Qbancelli

    About time!
    So annoying watching the iFools post screenshots of this app on the web.

  • This is what the iOS version has had for a while. This happened the last time the Android version got a UI update…it was the same one iOS had had for a while. Ookla clearly thinks Android is an afterthought even though there are infinitely more Android handsets in the hands of users than there are iOS handsets.

    Whatever. It’s their app, they can do what they want.

    • joejoe5709

      It’s more than handset numbers. Android users are far more likely to test their numbers than an Apple user.

      • That, too.

      • TheDrizzle

        Why’s that?

        • TSY87

          because android users tend to be more techy and care about things like that… ( I know i do)

          • joejoe5709

            Yeah more techy, more likely to tinker/trial and error, and we also tend to be more numbers oriented (specs, speed, etc) than the typical Apple user. OF COURSE exceptions both ways – just an unscientific generalization. My wife’s iPhone doesn’t have 5Ghz Wifi so why the heck would she care about Wifi speeds? So hardware is also a factor.

      • michael arazan

        I hope they do better with the numbers they collect so you can get better comparative numbers to the networks and speeds in your areas and other users

    • Not to mention I would think that relatively more Android users check their speeds than iOS users.

    • Lucky Armpit

      …and once again, Android is the red-headed stepchild to major app developers. It’s fine if you want to make the app look the same on both platforms (less work for the dev I’m assuming) but fer cryin’ out loud, why do we continue to get iOS’s “old” UIs? *sigh*

      • I wonder if this new version will actually fill a 10″ tablet screen rather than just keeping tiny phone dimensions, centered on the screen, surrounded by nothing but black, like it does now.

        • thelolotov

          God I hate that so much, but I haven’t seen a better app…

          • I hate it as well.

    • Eric R.

      I only see this app on Windows Phone.

    • T4rd

      Unfortunately that’s the thought process of most big devs still. Just look at the iOS games compared to Android. Android has gotten a LOT better in the games realm, but iOS is still undisputed when it comes to game quality and selection. I’m not a huge mobile gamer, so it doesn’t bother me too much, but it does bother me that most big devs put more emphasis on iOS over Android despite the market share. I think it’s because iOS users are more likely to spend money on apps than anyone else though.

    • Eric

      Really don’t see what the big deal is. It still works and it’s not like something you use on a daily basis.

      • Because it shows that the developer doesn’t really care about writing an Android app to Android guidelines and making it run as good as it can. It’s annoying for Android enthusiasts like us…the people who read, and comment on, Android blogs.

        • Eric

          I don’t find it annoying. It’s just a speedtest. If it was a more used app then yes I would have a problem.

          • Chris

            Even then, its just an app. not your girlfriend, go outside more.

          • Eric

            Yeah and your a hypocrite.

          • Chris

            Truth hurts.

          • ericdabbs

            I use the speedtest app a lot to see how speeds are in different areas of the city. I really do welcome this 3.0 UI change for the android version.

          • Eric

            I’m not saying I don’t want it. I’m saying why make a big deal about it.

        • Chris

          android guidelines that google doesn’t enforce.

          I’m an android enthusiast but do I care if a app has holo or not? Nope. I have a life outside that little phone and I know that Google doesn’t make developers use holo. That would be a very apple like move.

          • The_16th_Doctor

            touche. but what he was trying to say was the ookla dev shows just how less of android he thinks when he updates the ios version before…a longtime before. I wouldnt mind it if they were released at the same time. heck, i really dont care too much about this app either

        • PhoenixPath

          “It’s annoying for Android enthusiasts like us…the people who read, and comment on, Android blogs.”

          …some people see anything other than HOLO and start having fits and tantrums.

          You know…it’s just not that important…even to many of us Android fans. 🙂

    • Jeremy Gentry

      what’s even more sad is windows phone has had this new UI before us Android People got it, cuz clearly thats more important than android as well…

      • Cowboydroid

        Sounds like there’s an anti-Android fanboy on Ookla’s development team…

    • ericdabbs

      What I don’t get is why can’t the developers at Ookla work on both the iOS and Android versions at the same time. I am sure they have enough staffing familiar with both iOS and Android that can pound it out at the same time. Its been about 6 months since iOS has received the 3.0 update.

  • This should have come out years ago, back then Verizon would have hit the 50Mbps mark. These days the 20Mbps max is more accurate.

    • Tom Z

      Because 20 to 30 Mbps just isn’t fast enough, …rolls eyes…

      • JoshGroff

        It’s not! We need 1gbps down. 😉

        • T4rd

          Minimum! Verizon/AT&T would love that while retaining their 2GB data caps!

  • Greg Morgan

    In Seattle, my always closest server is in South Dakota for some reason. Hopefully it’s a bit closer with the new version.

    • I’m in Portland and get Arkansas all the time. Wyoming too.

      • Tim242

        I’m in Arkansas and get servers on both coasts, or Kansas. I stopped using the app long ago. Fast is fast.

    • joejoe5709

      I’m in Spokane and I almost always get someplace in Canada. South Dakota occasionally.

  • Defenestratus

    Bah that bottom “action bar” looks like a crappy iOS port.

    • Drazyw

      Because it is. 🙁

    • Adam Truelove

      It is.

    • joejoe5709


  • Adam Truelove

    This is the interface on the current iOS version. It may be new, but it’s not good.

    • T4rd

      Hopefully it’s at least smoother. Even if I set the animation slider to “smooth graphics”, it still skips like crazy on my Note 2 and wife’s GS4.