Netflix, the video streaming service, owns the rights to Fast.com. You may never had thought given what Netflix does and the difference between it and Fast.com. Fast.com is capable of testing various connection speeds on your device in essentially real-time, and that’s what we’re here to talk about.
This week, a new Fast.com became available on web and through an application. It works for a handful of devices, including those that run Android. Using special metrics, the service determines your internet upload or latency speed showing the user his/her results in real-time.
While Fast.com isn’t the only service capable of doing this, it is one of the better ones in terms of accuracy. That is because it relays information directly from Netflix’s servers and provides it in meaningful form to users. No longer does the app calculate just download speeds, but upload and latency speed measurements are possible. This ability is live right now and be given a try from the app or test link included next to the source for more information. Just about all devices can make use of the free tool.
While download speed can be determined by many apps, upload and latency speed calculators are harder to find. The mobile app can measure latency on both an unloaded basis (no other traffic on a user’s network) and a loaded basis (data heavy apps are being employed on the network), which is pretty cool. Fast.com is releasing this feature update because the mobile app has seen substantial growth in its usage since the beginning of 2018. To take the 3-step speed test on your own Android device, download the latest version of the app from the Play Store. Feel free to let us know your results in the comments.