After a few weeks of rolling out the stable version of Android 8.1, Google has begun to add a series of new updates to this program. The latest feature of Android 8.1 will now update users about the speed level of public as well as open Wi-Fi networks. The feature will be available to all the users soon enough, as it is rolling out in phases.
The users will now get an idea of how fast the nearby public Wi-Fi network is. By knowing the speed, users will be able to connect to a better network. The speed levels are visible in four categories-very fast, fast, ok and slow. So, a Wi-Fi with a speed of 20Mbps and more will come under the “Very Fast” category. The speed level is between 5Mbps and 20Mbps will be shown under the “Fast” category. If the speed level is between 1Mbps and 5Mbps, it will be shown as “OK”. And speed level between 0 to 1Mbps will come under the “Slow” category.
If users are connected to a “Slow” network, it won’t be possible for them to perform any major tasks online. All they could do would be normal phone calls and text messages. If users are connected to an “OK” network, they will be able to browse through web pages, use social media, as well as stream music online. If the network shows “Fast”, users will be able to stream almost all the videos on YouTube. And the “Very Fast” category will allow users to stream high-quality videos as well as perform all the online activities.
This brand new Android 8.1 functionality will actually help users to quickly connect to Public Wi-Fi, which will save a lot of time. It is important to note that the Wi-Fi speed level is available only for open Wi-Fi connections. It won’t work for password-protected networks.
Users can also avail the option of manually switching this feature on and off. If a user doesn’t want to see the speed labels, they can also turn it off. To turn it off, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider and choose None. If you want to turn it on, just follow the same process, but chose Google instead of None.