Meteor to land on Earth March 1st; expect it to touch down in the Google Play Store
Ever wonder how well a certain app will work on your phone based on the current network connection speed? Thanks to Meteor, you'll be able to easily see which messaging app will give you an Awesome, Very Good,. OK or Poor experience based on network speed tests. And the app is written for the layman, so you don't have to be an engineer to figure out which apps to use and which ones to avoid. Meteor is developed by the same team that produced OpenSignal, the crowdsourcing app that measures the speed and coverage of mobile networks in your area.
Meteor can also tell you which features on certain apps will work the best on your phone. As an example, on WhatsApp chatting might be working great while sending photos, not so much. Meteor taps into the same dataset that OpenSignal collects and tells you which apps are a "go" and which apps are a "no." And the speed test information you derive from Meteor will be added to the crowdsourced data used by OpenSignal, although this feature can be disabled.
Pictures in the slideshow reveal how the app works. One example shows that the YouTube app is expected to perform "OK" at current download speeds. Another photo shows a list of apps on the bottom of the screen. In this example, YouTube is rated Poor, while Pinterest is rated Very Good and Spotify is listed as Awesome. You can even test to find out how well your apps will work in different locations.
For more information about Meteor, click on the video at the top of this story and check out the slideshow below. Meteor will be available from the Google Play Store as a free download starting March 1st (that's tomorrow!).