Albeit started as a bit of feckless update on its first launch, Android Oreo is coming with some interesting features with 8.1 update. And the most compelling of them is offering estimated Wi-Fi speeds before you join one.
Know the speeds
Android users with 8.1 installed will see one of these four qualifiers next to an open Wi-Fi network: fast (5-20 Mbps), very fast (20 Mbps and above), OK (1-5 Mbps) and slow (under 1 Mbps). It means if you just want to make a Wi-Fi calling or send a text or just want to browse a webpage, an OK or slow network is fine. However, if you’re catching up on YouTube, you want to look for a fast or very fast network and save your cellular data.
For protected networks, the Wi-Fi speeds won’t show up. Admins who are sort of sensitive regarding this issue can opt-out this feature. Besides, if you don’t want to see the speeds you can change that from your settings. Just open your Android device, go to settings and select Wi-Fi under Network and Internet. Then go to Wi-Fi Preferences, then Advanced, and select the Network rating provider as “None”.
This is definitely not a speed test rating, but it should help you decide between the networks. Now you know whether you should sign in to that Wi-Fi network or stick to your cellular data.