We connect to any kind of Wi-Fi network more and more every day from our mobile devices, both smartphones and tablets. Both Google and Apple are aware of this and so they try to help us identify this connections, connect to them and keep us safe in the most insecure networks informing us about the possible dangers that could be hiding, mostly, in public Wi-Fi networks.
When connecting to a network, devices only show us the signal and kind of encryption (that in public Wi-Fi networks tends to be open) that it uses.
In trying to make the task of connecting to wireless networks easier without wasting our time, Google has announced one of the new functions of Android 8.1 which is that, with the new update of the operative system, it will allow us to know the speed of the Wi-Fi connection even without having to connect to it.
How will Google tell us the speed of a public Wi-Fi network without connecting us to it?
As the folks from MovilZona said, with the new Android update, the operative system will be able to find out the speed of a Wi-Fi network even before connecting to it. This is possible because Android will connect to the network without us having to do anything and will carry out a speed test to find out the quality of the connection.
In line with the results, under the name of the network we’ll be able to see the speed of it, in the following way:
- Slow: If the network has less than 1Mbps of speed, it will be identified as slow and Android will only guarantee that voice calls and messages (such as those in WhatsApp) will work correctly
- OK: When the speed is between 1 and 5 Mbps, Android Oreo will identify it as “Ok”, being able to use this connection to navigate, use social media and listen to music on streaming
- Fast: If the speed is between 5 and 20 Mbps, the network will be “fast” and we’ll be able to use it without trouble to watch videos on streaming, though not necessarily on HD.
- Very Fast: When the speed is above 20 Mbps, we’ll be able to use this network even to watch high quality videos on streaming
There’s no doubt that this feature will save us time, avoiding connecting to not-so-fast networks that, for example, wouldn’t allow us to make a video-call. Nevertheless, it is worrisome that our device will be connecting automatically to open Wi-Fi networks each time we pass one by. Not only because of the battery consumption it implies, but because of the dangers that connecting to Wi-Fi networks without protection implies, but we imagine (or hope) that Google’s engineers have already thought about this small detail.