Feature on Android 8.1 will help you connect to the fastest public Wi-Fi hotspot available

Feature on Android 8.1 will help you connect to the fastest public Wi-Fi hotspot available
Speed Labels is coming via an update to those handsets currently using Android 8.1. This feature will give you speed estimates of public Wi-Fi hotspots. Armed with this information, you will be able to connect to the faster Wi-Fi network if you have a choice between multiple options. Once the update is disseminated (it is expected to be pushed out starting this week), open Wi-Fi networks will be characterized on your phone's display as  being Very Fast, Fast, OK and Slow.

Obviously, the speed of your Wi-Fi connection can determine the capabilities you have with your phone. According to Google, these are the features that are available to you at different Wi-Fi speeds:

  • Slow: If you can use Wi-Fi calling, 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.

Right now, the only handsets that run Android 8.1 are the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. The new feature will be enabled by default. If you want to disable it, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider > None.

Keep in mind that protected Wi-Fi networks won't display any speed data, and network administrators can opt-out so that others won't be able to view the speed of their pipeline.

source: Google, @Android


1 Comment

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nice work Google

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