If up until recently we was able to identify the Wi-Fi signal strength of a network just by glancing at how full the Wi-Fi icon is in the Settings Menu or in the notification bar at the top of an Android device, as of this month Google is making it a little easier for us to identify and avoid those Wi-Fi networks that are slow in speed.
Android 8.1 adds WiFi speed labels
All Android 8.1 Oreo running devices will show a ‘Speed label’ under each public Wi-Fi Network discovered that is in range of your device: Slow, OK, Fast, Very Fast.
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. Rolling out now: https://t.co/lSzvCFgNk7 pic.twitter.com/60EmoPxUX4
— Android (@Android) January 22, 2018
Connection speed shows under the names of public networks. Speed can change with signal strength.
- Slow: Speeds betweeen 0 – 1 Mbps. If you can use Wi-Fi calling, you can make phone calls and send texts.
- OK: Speeds between 1 Mbps – 5 Mbps. You can read webpages, use social media, and stream music.
- Fast: Speeds between 5 Mbps – 20 Mbps. You can stream most videos.
- Very Fast: Any network with speed 20 Mbps and over. You can stream very high-quality videos.
There are also a few other features coming with Android 8.1 firmware:
- WiFi Speed labels so you can see the expected speed of certain nearby popular public Wi-Fi networks
- Open network notifications. In Android 8.1, you’ll be able to see the network name (SSID) and directly connect to the network—all within the notification.
- Smart text selection improves the copy and paste experience: Android Oreo now recognizes text when you long press, highlights the relevant word(s), and then recommends a next logical step via a suggested app. It can recognize addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, URLs and more.