There is a new feature rolling out with Android 8.1 Oreo which tells the Wi-Fi connection speeds under the names of public networks and users can see the connection speed before connecting to the network. Mobile devices already show Wi-Fi signal strength with an icon with four or five bars. The more bars, or the fuller the icon, the stronger the signal. Apart from showing connection speed, Google is now taking this one step forward by adding connection speed ratings, which can change with signal strength, but also depend on the original source of internet speed, among other factors affecting the network. Previously, the speed ratings are only available on public Wi-Fi networks private networks do not display a speed rating since they’re, well, private.
If any user doesn’t want to see network speeds in your Wi-Fi connection settings, you can simply turn this feature off by opening Settings app on your device and then navigate to Network & Internet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Preferences, and then finally Advanced. Under “Network rating provider” choose None. For those who regularly use public Wi-Fi networks, I think this is a great addition to Android and it certainly will help me decide which network I should try first when I’m on the go. However, Android Oreo is running on very few Android devices so far and new version 8.1 specifically hit just 0.2 percent adoption earlier this month. If the users were considering or upgrading to the latest and greatest, these Wi-Fi speed ratings are unlikely to win you over, but they certainly can’t hurt. However, if you can get Android 8.1 without having to buy a completely new device, this feature should convince you.
Google has separated the Wi-Fi speeds into four categories:
- Slow: If you can use Wi-Fi calling, you can make phone calls and send texts.
- OK: You can web pages, use social media, and stream music.
- Fast: You can stream most videos.
- Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos.