‘Wi-Fi Speed Labels’ was announced with Android 8.1 Oreo in early December, but for some reason, the feature had been delayed. Good news is, the feature is rolling out now to select users running the latest version of the Android operating system. Essentially, this feature permits one to check the speed of public Wi-Fi networks before actually connecting to one.
Through the Android settings app, one can now check both the intensity and speed of a Wi-Fi network before connecting. The feature will come in handy when there’s a variety of Wi-Fi hot-spots around as Google will now do the hard work so we can easily pick the one that works best, thus eliminating the need to examine each one individually.
There are four different speed labels bound by usage limits. Slow means that the user can make only Wi-Fi calls and send texts. OK allows users to open simple web pages, use social media and stream music. Fast means you’re capable of watching and streaming most videos. And finally, Very Fast allows users to stream HD quality videos.
The feature can be turned on or off through device settings by going to Network & Internet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Preferences, Advanced, and Network rating provider.