Report: Google Prepping Internet Speed Test Tool

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Google appears to be testing a new service that lets users check their Web speed directly in search results.

First spotted by Pete Meyers after querying "check Internet speed," the evaluations are conducted by Google's Measurement Lab—"the largest collection of open Internet performance data on the planet."

Each analysis, according to Meyers' screenshot, takes less than 30 seconds, and typically transfers fewer than 40MB of data (though may use more on fast connections).

Since the service is not yet live to the general public, PCMag has not been able to confirm what happens once you press the "Run Speed Test" button. Engadget, however, managed to access the feature, highlighting a simple interface with two speedometers measuring upload and download speeds.

Google did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The Web giant's experiment comes about a month after Netflix launched Fast.com to check mobile or broadband connection speeds in real time. The barebones website—which features a logo, number, refresh button, and "Powered By Netflix" tag—uses the company's servers to automatically estimate current download speed. You don't have to be a Netflix member to try it out, and Fast.com works globally on devices like phones, PCs, or smart TVs with browsers.

Bing users, meanwhile, can simply type "speed test" into the browser for a quick-hit check.

For more, see How to Check Your Internet Speed.

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