Internet speed testing apps have been around for a while. None of them, though, ever got past that geeky circular dial interface and the bleak ambiance. OpenSignal, the company responsible for mapping cell phone signal coverages worldwide wants to change that and it’s doing so with a smartphone app called “Meteor”.
Like all of its counterparts, Meteor can estimate your download and upload speeds along with the ping of your mobile data or WiFi connection. The process too has been kept identical, fire up the app and tap the big colorful button on the landing page. The outcomes too, are on par with other applications such as Ookla’s Speedtest. But the cornerstone of Meteor lies in what comes after evaluating the bandwidth.
The app will represent the data in a neat interface. Below, you’ll find a row of third-party applications installed on your phone and an average metric depicting how each of them will function on the connection. For instance, if your WiFi is slow (like the one shown in screenshots), it will write “poor” under resource hungry titles like Facebook, Instagram. On the contrary, lightweight apps like WhatsApp will have an “Ok” mark. Furthermore, tapping on either of these apps will reveal a more detailed page mentioning the performance of individual activities such as various streaming qualities on YouTube, viewing timeline/sending a message on Facebook, search/loading a web page on Chrome and more. You can swipe to view others.
Meteor only allows a total of six apps at a time and you can configure which ones to calculate in the “select apps” option. However, its compatibility is quite limited (twenty-four to be precise) right now, although it does support most of the leading names like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Skype, and others.
The “dashboard” tab is where you’ll find statistics about your previous tests including best and worst locations. And of course, there’s a history section holding of your past data. You can personalize a couple of items in the settings, the most important one is obviously the “data contribution” tweak that allows you to disable or enable sending anonymous data to OpenSignal for research purposes.
Meteor is completely free of cost and definitely worth a try. Unfortunately, it is limited to Android right now, you can download it from this link.