There was an announcement during the last year, December that a new feature will soon arrive at the Android 8.1 Oreo that will allow users to check the public Wi-Fi speed before they connect to the access point. And thankfully, Google is on the edge of rolling out this new feature to Android 8.1.
This feature is called as Wi-Fi speed label where users will be shown the speed of the public Wi-Fi just underneath the name of the connection. And then users can go ahead to choose the connection to get their job done.
There will four types of speed label and those are listed here.
- Slow – This connection will allow users making calls and sending texts.
- OK – Users can read the WebPages, surf the internet, and stream music.
- Fast – Perfect for streaming Videos
- Very Fast – Ideal for streaming high quality and HD videos and games
So, if you are sitting in a cafe and several public Wi-Fi connections are available, this speed label will help decide which connection to get depending on the task.
It is true that strength indicator was always available in the notification area which shows the strength of the connection but the drawback is first you are required to connect to the internet connection and then you will be shown that details. But, the new Wi-Fi speed label in Android 8.1 Oreo indicates that if a potential Wi-Fi connection is good before connecting.
This feature also includes an option to turn it off in case you do not need it for some specific reason. Here is how to turn the Wi-Fi speed label off on Android 8.1.
Go to Settings > Network & Internet >Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preference > Advance > Network Rating Provider and choose the option ‘None‘.
So, update your phone with the latest OS Android 8.1 Oreo soon to enjoy the new Wi-Fi speed label feature.