Check How Does Android 8.1 Oreo Display Wi-Fi Speeds before Connecting
After rolling out the stable version of Android 8.1 Oreo, Google has now started adding new features to the software. Now, Google has finally announced a new feature that shows the speed of Wi-Fi networks before users connect to them. This new feature will update users with information regarding the speed levels of public or open Wi-Fi networks.
This new feature will basically let users get an estimation on how fast each nearby public Wi-Fi network is, it will not be able to show the exact network speed. It just gives a close idea of the signal strength for users.
The speed levels of the Wi-Fi are displayed in four categories such as very fast, fast, ok and slow. A Wi-Fi network with a speed level between 0 to 1Mbps it is said to be listed under slow category, If the speed level is between 1Mbps and 5Mbps it will be shown under ok category. In case the speed level is between 5Mbps and 20Mbps it will show as fast, on the other hand, if the speed is 20Mbps and above, it will be listed under Very Fast category. If users connect to the Slow network, they will not be able to perform any task online other than normal phone calls and text messages. On the other hand, if you connect to a network showing OK, users will be able to read web pages, use social media, and stream music. In case you choose the network that shows Fast, users can stream most videos including YouTube. On the other hand, if you choose Very Fast network category they will be able to stream very high-quality videos and also perform all tasks online.
Users can also disable the functionality if they wish. This means, in case, a user doesn’t wish to see the speed labels – they have the option to also turn it off. To do that first you need to go to Settings then got to Network & Internet then select Wi-Fi then go to Wi-Fi preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider and choosing None. While to turn on the feature you may follow the same procedure but chose Google instead of None option.
It is to be noted that, this new Android 8.1 feature is available only for open Wi-Fi connections and doesn’t work for password-protected networks. Another important requirement is that the smartphone must be running Android 8.1 Oreo to avail the feature.