Android 8.1 Oreo: Wi-Fi speed labels for open networks will show whether speed is ‘Slow’, ‘OK’, ‘Fast’ or ‘Very Fast’

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Apart from bug fixes and general performance improvement; the Android 8.1 Oreo update brings a feature that will show users expected speed of certain public Wi-Fi networks.

It is worth noting that this is primarily designed for open Wi-Fi connections and so is more informative about Wi-Fi you might be considering using in public places.

Basically, now it will tell you if the Wi-Fi signal is going to be good enough for you to do what you want the Wi-Fi to do in the first place.

As part of this week’s announcement however, a Community Manager over at the Pixel User Community has confirmed some of the smaller, but useful additional features included in the final version of Android 8.1. Such as Wi-Fi Speed labels.

Here’s an explanation from Orrin:

For the WiFi speed labels, the strength has been there, but the speed is new (Slow, OK, Fast, Very Fast). Keep in mind that this will only show under open networks. Here are the speeds for each label:
  • Slow = 0 – 1 Mbps
  • OK = 1 Mbps – 5 Mbps
  • Fast = 5 Mbps – 20 Mbps
  • Very Fast = 20 Mbps+

You can see the numerical range above, but here’s what Google’s Support page for the topic describes them as:

  • Slow: You can make phone calls and send texts.
  • OK: You can read webpages, use social media, and stream music.
  • Fast: You can stream most videos.
  • Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos.

If you don’t want to see network speed, open your device’s Settings > Network & Internet >Wi-Fi  >Wi-Fi Preferences  >Advanced  Network rating provider  >None.

This is slightly different to the Wi-Fi strength information which is already available on newer Android releases. As while Wi-Fi icons do highlight the strength of a Wi-Fi signal, the new speed feature is designed to provide some insight to how fast the user can expect the Wi-Fi to be if connecting to nearby Wi-Fi.

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