Google introduced a new feature on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is helpful when choosing the best Wi-Fi hotspot. The change consists in the fact that with the names of open Wi-Fi networks an additional rating will appear, which will inform the user about the assumed network speed. This information is very previewable, but it can be useful when choosing the fastest Wi-Fi network.
Android 8.1 Oreo was released at the beginning of last year. Unfortunately, this system is currently available on a small number of devices. Currently, it has Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The new function should be appreciated by people who have small data packages and are constantly looking for free Internet via Wi-Fi.
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
Android 8.1 uses a four-grade rating scale for Wi-Fi networks.
- Slow (up to 1 Mbps): If you can use Wi-Fi calling, you can make phone calls and send texts.
- OK (from 1 to 5 Mbps): You can read webpages, use social media, and stream music.
- Fast (from 5 to 20 Mbps): You can stream most videos.
- Very Fast (over 20 Mbit / s): You can stream very high-quality videos.
Google will not collect information about the speed of secured Wi-Fi networks due to the protection of privacy. The new feature will be enabled by default, but you can disable it as follows: Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi -> Wi-Fi Preferences -> Advanced -> Network rating provider -> None. It should also be remembered that the speed of the Wi-Fi network depends on the supported 802.11 standards, the strength of the signal and the number of people simultaneously using the link.