Android 8.1 features are still rolling out after Oreo‘s first big update, and today Google has announced the operating system will display the speed of open Wi-Fi networks. The speeds will display on a Very Fast, Fast, OK, or Slow gauge. According to Google, Very Fast will allow “very high-quality videos” while Fast will only allow such on “most videos.” OK is said to be enough for web browsing, social media, music streaming, and other non-taxing activities.
This feature can only be used for public networks, so private Wi-Fi networks that require a password to access won’t indicate speeds. Google says network administrators can opt out of Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant showing speed info by using a “canary URL.” This version of Android is still in relatively limited supply at the moment, but expect to see it in the near future.
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