The new firmware is supposed to have provided a “20% speed boost
to downloads” on the Galaxy S8 ( 21.9 Mbps to 26.4 Mbps) while a 45%
increase (19.2 Mbps to 27.9 Mbps) was observed on the U11.
The tech site sourced information from internet testing and
analysis company Ookla, as well as Sprint executives, to produce its
finding, but let’s unpack what exactly they mean.
Firstly, these speed increases do not pertain to all
mobile internet use cases, but specifically to “average LTE download
speeds”. Thus, you would only receive these benefits in an area with LTE
coverage: a space in which Sprint is generally regarded to be the least
a reputable source of mobile network insights, says the only place
Sprint really excels on mobile data is in latency, and that download
speeds and coverage trail the other major carries. Ookla and WhistleOut agree on the latter points.
What’s more, the S8 speeds were apparently only achieved as the
result of a bug fix: the download rates have now been brought up to what
they should have been at launch, rather than improved beyond what was
expected. Upload speeds, meanwhile, were unaffected by the update.
This is only to provide some context to the news rather
than put a damper on it: an average speed increase is always welcome,
and Sprint appears to be making good (and necessary) strides in LTE
performance. This is good news, it’s just good news only for
Galaxy S8 and U11 owners in LTE areas, on the network which currently
has the poorest LTE infrastructure.