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Honor may improve on network speeds for its new phones with Link Turbo

Honor Link Turbo may be an improved software feature to optimize connectivity. (Source: GizChina)
Honor Link Turbo may be an improved software feature to optimize connectivity. (Source: GizChina)
Honor recently unveiled a new feature to address slow connections in situations of overloaded or throttled public WiFi in its newer smartphones. This adaptation, known as Link Turbo, is described as capable of delivering consistent data-transfer speeds regardless of how busy a certain wireless service is. In practice, it appears it may be a different or improved form of aggressive hand-over to LTE in a phone's OS.

Honor unveiled a new form of WiFi/network switching at a press conference in Hong Kong recently. This new feature, dubbed Link Turbo, is intended to support smartphones in conditions of network congestion or slowdowns. Honor indicated that it is meant to help users who find their phone's internet is slow despite having full bars. 

Link Turbo apparently works by intelligently and adaptively handing an online session in progress from laggy public WiFi to 4G/LTE when the former connection appears to be too slow to handle the transfers in question. For example, it will hand off some parts of a given transfer request to 4G, while keeping some going via WiFi, or possibly vice versa. It should be noted that most Android phones have similar options under Settings, usually in Developer Options (spam-click the build number in the phone's info ten if it is not there yet). They allow for aggressive hand-over of connectivity from WiFi to mobile data.

Honor have stated that this new Link Turbo feature is coming to the V20 on its release. In addition, the Magic 2 may also see some of its functions via a software update. Therefore, users of these phones may find their data connections are smoother and faster in the future. However, it is to be hoped that they have the 4G data plans (and, possibly, VPNs) to support this new form of network aggregation.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-12-11 (Update: 2018-12-11)