Netflix had launched its own internet speed testing tool called Fast.com in May this year and it has now rolled out the smartphone app for Fast.com called Fast Speed Test. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. Fast app like the website is a simple internet speed test tool which checks your download internet speed in real time. One does not need to be a Netflix subscriber to try the tool. Also Read - Squid Game increases 4.4 million new subscribers on Netflix, records biggest series of the yearAlso Read - Garena Free Fire gets Squid Game inspired Red Light, Green Light mode: How to play
We tested the Fast Speed Test app on an Android smartphone and here s our experience. The app opens up to a minimalist white screen and starts calculating the internet speed on its own. Once it s tested, it gives you the result and below which, gives you the option of comparing it with Ookla s Speedtest. Once you click on the link to compare it on Speedtest, it does not link you to the app directly even though it s already installed on the smartphone. Instead you select your desired browser and it opens up to a page which then directs you to App Store or Play Store. In essence it would be easier to open the Speedtest app manually if you have it installed on your smartphone.
The results between Fast Speed Test and Speedtest are consistently different. This could be because of the number of servers Netflix has to ping for connection speed. Fast Speed Test only pings Netflix’s own servers. Ookla, on the other hand, usually shows multiple servers in most locations and pings the closest one. And that makes Speedtest more reliable if you were to gauge the actual speed of your connection.
Fast Speed Test, meanwhile is essentially handy for Netflix subscribers, who would like to know how their Netflix viewing experience would be on their internet connection. We like the minimalist user interface and the absence of annoying ads that come on Speedtest. However, to check day-to-day internet connection speeds, we would still stick to Speedtest.net.