Android 8.1 Oreo Can Now Show You Public Wi-Fi Network Speeds

Another OS feature added from its latest update.

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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.

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