For some of us, showing off a Speedtest provides bragging rights among friends. For others, it’s a functional need to figure out why YouTube is buffering, or Netflix won’t connect. Speedtest has taken this concept — previously available on iOS — and brought it to Android with their new Video test feature.
Instead of running a Speedtest and seeing nothing but theoretical numbers, there is now a video test option. What this does is run a series of test videos:
- Starting with variable bitrate
- Moving progressively up in resolution until: The test times out or reaches 4K resolution
Once this completes, you’ll be presented with a screen showing you clearly what your connection can do. There are no numbers to interpret, it’s simple language to understand with visual aids. What you get is a representation of the devices that you can utilise and the resolution you can stream at.
It’s a welcome step for many users who may not have the knowledge to interpret the data provided by a standard test and a visually appealing way to test your connection.