After announcing the arrival of Oreo, its new Android operating system, Google recently unveiled a handy additional feature for its newly released  8.1 version. As per The Verge, Oreo can now suggest which nearby Wi-Fi networks are worth connecting to based on how fast they are.

Located in the Wi-Fi settings menu, the display will now offer one of the four-speed menus: “Very Fast,” “Fast,” “OK,” or “Slow.” In measurements, anything between 0-1 Mbps will be considered slow, while anything 5 Mbps and above will be considered fast. Here are the specific speed ranges, as shared by a Google community manager:

  • Slow: 0 – 1 Mbps
  • OK: 1 Mbps – 5 Mbps
  • Fast: 5 Mbps – 20 Mbps
  • Very Fast: 20 Mbps+

According to Google, the difference between “Fast” and “Very Fast” is that the former can host most videos, while the latter can stream “very high-quality videos.”

If you plan on connecting to Wi-Fi networks that require passwords, Oreo will not display any speed data but can indicate signal strength instead. For network administrators that don’t wish to subscribe to the service, there is the opportunity to opt out using a “canary URL,” as explained here.

The sad news is that feature is only available on Android 8.1, but the good news is that Google has already started rolling it out. For more on the update, head on over to The Verge.

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  • Source: The Verge
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Words by Candice Nembhard
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