Netflix rolls out its own speed-test app for smartphones
We already have reliable apps that can tell your network’s speeds, like the much popular Ookla speed-test app. After launching the website a few months back, Netflix has now launched its own speed test app for both iOS and Android smartphones for its Fast.com speed test service. The app is very simplistic and looks and works exactly the same way the website does with emphasis on network download speeds since thats what the company focuses on for their on-demand TV streaming service. We think the apps are not that necessary, as the site did function perfectly within the native browsers on both operating systems.
Just like website, the app connects to Netflix servers to do the speed test run instead of any of the ISP servers to give a more realistic speed result depicting how good video streaming will be with your current internet connection. Netflix’s recommended speeds range from 1.5- 3 Mbps for basic package (max is HD), above 5Mps for Standard package (1080p content) and 25 Mbps for 4K or Ultra HD streaming. For those who stream on smartphones, Netflix recently rolled out out a new tool to help you better control how much data you use when streaming on cellular networks to help you save your data bundle. With this tool, your mobile network would be able to support streaming at about 600 (kbps) Kilobits per second, so no need to get alarmed when you get such speeds. It was later discovered that on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid depleting your bundle, exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees depending on your mobile data plan. If you have a mobile data plan with a higher data cap, you can adjust this setting to stream at higher bitrates.
If you must use the app over the opening the site in your preferred browser for some reason, you can find them in the links below.
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