New Speed Labels feature on Android 8.1 Oreo displays Wi-Fi network’s speed

The new Speed Labels feature gives a basic idea of the signal strength before you connect to the network

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Highlights

    • The new Speed Labels feature shows public Wi-Fi networks speed
    • The speed is categorised into four labels- Very Fast, Fast, OK or Slow

Mobile networks get nit-picky at times. Thanks to public Wi-Fi (available in certain areas), you can send important texts, mails or files on time. Google has now put a new trick on Android 8.1 Oreo that will show the speed of nearby open Wi-Fi networks. The new Speed Labels feature gauges the speed prior to connecting with public Wi-Fi networks.

Notably, the new feature doesn’t display the exact bandwidth reading but gives a basic idea of the speed. The feature categorises the speed of the Wi-Fi networks under four labels- Very Fast, Fast, OK or Slow. In case you want to stream “very high-quality video” Very Fast speed label will be helpful, while with Fast you can watch “most videos”.

In case you want to browse websites and stream music, OK label will be fine too. And Slow is ideally for… well, never mind. Pixel Community Manager, Orrin in a forum explained the speed for each label- Slow (under 1Mbps), OK (1-5Mbps), Fast (5-20Mbps) and Very Fast (20Mbps and above).

As we mentioned, the new Android feature doesn’t show the exact network speed but at least it will help you decide which Wi-Fi network to choose from as per your requirement. The only caveat is that the feature is available on Android 8.1 Oreo which means only limited devices (most of which are expensive) will give this option as of now.

For those fortunate users who have Android 8.1 Oreo running on their handsets, they can check for the feature by tapping on the Wi-Fi option. Further, it is applicable only to Open Wi-Fi networks; networks that require a password for access won’t show speed data.