Android 13’s New Feature Could Help Developers Optimize Apps for Slower Internet Speeds

Creating an app is all about ensuring that said app will perform reasonably well on a multitude of different devices because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing devices of a varying range of screen sizes, chipsets and mobile networks to run them properly. Another important aspect of the app development process is to optimize them for a wide range of internet speeds because not everyone will be able to take advantage of maximum internet speeds that are available.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that it has been rather difficult for Android app developers to test their apps out with different internet speeds. However, a new feature that Google is trying to incorporate into Android 13 might change all that by enabling developers to throttle their internet speeds at will, and that can allow them to test the app with slower speeds to see how it manages to perform.

Based on some code that can be seen on the AOSP, developers would be able to use this feature to set their internet speeds precisely based on bytes per second. One thing to note is that not everyone will be able to use this feature. Rather, only developers that have kernel level support would be able to access this feature. Most users don’t have this level of access, which means that only developers that actually need the feature would get a chance to try it out.

Prior to this update, developers needed to use an Android emulator to control the internet speeds that they could utilize during their tests. This upgrade is going to make things a lot easier by enabling them to modify speeds on a physical device, and that can be a much more trustworthy way to properly test app performance with all things having been considered and taken into account. Most developers would be glad that Android 13 is making life simpler for them, and Google might want to introduce more features of this variety.

H/T: XDAEsper.

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