Connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots is always dodgy business. You are never really sure of the type of speed and connectivity you will be getting. Whether you’re at a public park, restaurant or in your hotel room, it’s always good to know what sort of internet connection you will be getting. Now, Android users are in luck. A new Android Oreo 8.1 update is rolling out now, which will allow you to do exactly that.
Don’t spend time anymore connecting to networks which are slow and unstable. In an announcement by Android on Twitter, the Android Oreo 8.1 update will now give you a glimpse into what sort of speed you should expect before even connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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
For the first time ever, Android users will now be able to see the following speed categories:
These tags will be below the network name and shown when you are searching for potential Wi-Fi networks to connect to. Google gives a pretty good description of what each ‘speed rating’ stands for and here is what you should keep watch for:
Slow means that you may be able to do Wi-Fi calling and texting
OK will give you enough speed to browse the web, social media apps and even maybe stream some music
Fast should be good to stream videos, but not of very high quality
Very Fast will suffice for high quality streaming and doing basically everything else on your smartphone with the Android Oreo 8.1 update as well
There is no confirmation on when the update will be fully rolled out other than “Rolling Out Now” by Android. This feature was expected to be added to an Android Oreo 8.1 Update earlier in December of 2017 but has been now made official by the OS.
How to Turn On or Turn Off Connection Speed in Android Oreo 8.1
To toggle the feature, follow these steps:
Open Settings, go into Network & Internet, then Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Preferences, Advanced, Network Rating Provider and turn on or off from here.
The ability to turn this new feature in the Android Oreo 8.1 Update on or off is great if you’re not really into seeing that extra speed detail when searching for Wi-Fi networks. The update does not include any more Wi-Fi network details, other than speed and stability of the network itself.
Another feature Android users were expecting was the inclusion to ‘Turn On Wi-Fi Automatically Near Saved Networks’. Unfortunately this one is exclusive to the Google Pixel smartphone line-up and may become available in the near future.
Google has not yet decided to include this feature universally just yet.
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What do you think about the new Android Oreo 8.1 update and the inclusion of Wi-Fi speed details? Let us know in the comments section below.