Android 8.1 can now display Wi-Fi speeds before connecting
Oreo, the new mobile operating system is getting some good tricks with its Android 8.1’s updates. As a part of Google’s addition of new features to Android Oreo, the company has announced that The new Speed Labels feature is one of the more convincing of the cluster which offers estimated network signals prior to logging on. This feature will definitely help you in avoiding poor public networks as well as in deciding between multiple public Wi-Fi networks.
“Public Wi-Fi can be spotty. For the first time, #AndroidOreo 8.1 lets you take out the guesswork & see the speed of networks before you hit connect,” Android team wrote in a tweet announcing the feature.
According to Google, The new Speed Labels feature classifying the public Wi-Fi networks into four categories – Slow, OK, Fast, and Very Fast. The Slow speed label shows up if the overall speed is below 1Mbps, OK is for 1 Mbps to 5 Mbps, Fast is for 5 Mbps to 20 Mbps and Very Fast is for Wi-Fi networks with over 20 Mbps speed. The difference between Very Fast and Fast, according to Google, is that you can stream “very high-quality videos” on the former and “most videos” on the latter.
The Speed Label appears right below the name of the Wi-Fi network. It won’t show up for protected networks. If you don’t want to see network speed, you can go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider > select None.
Google mentioned this Speed Label feature as they spotted the roll-out of Android 8.1 back in December last year. The vital requirement of this feature is a Smartphone that is running an Oreo 8.1 update. For the time being, Android Oreo 8.1 is only available on Google’s pixel and Nexus devices.