Android 8.1 Recent Update Informs You of Wi-Fi Speeds Near You

February 27, 2018
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Are you brave enough to show the world how Google describes your internet speed? In the latest update for the Update 8.1, its new feature will be able to show you how fast your neighbour’s speed is or the public Wi-Fi without connecting to it. You won’t be getting the exact measurement of the speed but you’ll know if it’s worth connecting to. More like saving time and effort, right?

 

Once devices are updated, they’ll get to see these labels when they want to connect to network connection: Slow, OK, Fast, or Very Fast. Here’s the complete breakdown from Google:

 

Slow: You can send and receive emails and texts. Images appear slowly.

OK: You can read web pages, use social media, and stream music and standard-definition (SD) videos.

Fast: You can stream most high-definition (HD) videos and make video calls.

Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos.

 

Meanwhile, a community for the Pixel user forums provided the estimated speed of each label.

 

Slow = 0 – 1Mbps

OK = 1Mbps – 5Mbps

Fast = 5Mbps – 20Mbps

Very Fast = 20Mbps+

 

However, users can also turn off this feature by going to the Setting App of the phone. Even though the connection speed description is just a hint of what lies beyond the internet connection, it definitely saves the time for users who want to connect to a public network. However, the update is not yet available to every mobile device compatible with the Android Oreo. The update was announced last year in December.

In connection to Australia, this may be an embarrassing view. Why? Since the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been notorious with the internet speed drops, incompetent services and slow internet. So when someone turns on this feature and see a Very Fast connection that will eventually turn into very Slow or lost, then that would be really annoying, wouldn’t it?