CalSPEED

CalSPEED


CalSPEED, released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), empowers end-users with a professional-level, industry-standard testing tool to measure the quality and speed of their mobile data connection.

This latest version combines the speed test function with a provider lookup tool so users can find broadband providers at a point on a map.

CalSPEED conducts a two-phase test including initial testing and results validation in order to ensure statistically significant measurements. Test your upload speed, download speed, message delay (latency), and message delay variation (jitter) using CalSPEED. The first two metrics measure your Internet usage experience, while the second two measure the voice quality of voice over IP technologies.

Results are uploaded to a public repository at CPUC to provide you with the ability to compare broadband coverage at your location with other areas in California.

Recent changes:
v1.2.2 Fix GPS reading at the map view fragment.

v1.2.1 Update geocode service for the map view feature.

v1.2 Add a map view feature to present broadband results of several carriers in California.
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4.2
User ratings
11
Installs
500+
Concerns
1
File size
1753 kb
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About CalSPEED
CalSPEED, released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), empowers end-users with a professional-level, industry-standard testing tool to measure the quality and speed of their mobile data connection.

This latest version combines the speed test function with a provider lookup tool so users can find broadband providers at a point on a map.

CalSPEED conducts a two-phase test including initial testing and results validation in order to ensure statistically significant measurements. Test your upload speed, download speed, message delay (latency), and message delay variation (jitter) using CalSPEED. The first two metrics measure your Internet usage experience, while the second two measure the voice quality of voice over IP technologies.

Results are uploaded to a public repository at CPUC to provide you with the ability to compare broadband coverage at your location with other areas in California.

Recent changes:
v1.2.2 Fix GPS reading at the map view fragment.

v1.2.1 Update geocode service for the map view feature.

v1.2 Add a map view feature to present broadband results of several carriers in California.

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A Google User
Nov 22, 2013
Sometimes, it's the small stuff Update: the specific problems I wrote about are fixed in the 1.1.1 release. There does not seem to be a way to get the version number from the user interface. The app writes a log file for each test in a directory called "uploaded". If your android device has a file browser you can look at the contents of these files and find the version number of the program. Version 1.0 reports speeds during the test that agree with the speeds in the log files. Version 1.1 seems to have broken the speed reporting. Perhaps they forgot to multiply by eight when converting bytes to bits. I'm not sure. So that's two things to fix: the speed display, and the program version -- and probably date as well -- under the "about" button. The biggest challenge with a crowd-source application that has user triggered tests is that users don't test when there is not a problem. This can create a reporting bias that unfairly characterizes service be over sampling on dark and stormy days. I wrote this on a desktop, but I have the application running on a Samsung Verizon tablet and a Motorola Xoom.
A Google User
Jun 14, 2013
Sometimes, it's the small stuff There does not seem to be a way to get the version number from the user interface. The app writes a log file for each test in a directory called "uploaded". If your android device has a file browser you can look at the contents of these files and find the version number of the program. Version 1.0 reports speeds during the test that agree with the speeds in the log files. Version 1.1 seems to have broken the speed reporting. Perhaps they forgot to multiply by eight when converting bytes to bits. I'm not sure. So that's two things to fix: the speed display, and the program version -- and probably date as well -- under the "about" button. The biggest challenge with a crowd-source application that has user triggered tests is that users don't test when there is not a problem. This can create a reporting bias that unfairly characterizes service be over sampling on dark and stormy days. I wrote this on a desktop, but I have the application running on a Samsung Verizon tablet and a Motorola Xoom.
A Google User
May 1, 2013
Great app, good cause There are many other speed test apps out there. This one is at least as good as the best, and it crowdsources data for a good cause (in California, at least).
A Google User
Apr 30, 2013
Great speed test app
A Google User
Apr 17, 2013
Great tool! Makes it easy to figure out the best locations for data intensive uses. Looking forward to seeing the map created from all of the data.