One of the niftiest small features that Google announced it was stuffing into Android 8.1 Oreo is the ability to see the speed of a public Wi-Fi signal before you join it. Today, after a bit of a delay, that feature finally started rolling out to users.
After updating, Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant will tell you if a signal is Very Fast, Fast, OK or Slow the next time you try to join a public Wi-Fi channel.
With “Very Fast,” you should be able to watch high-definition video from the likes of HBO Now and Netflix; and with “OK,” you should be able to do relatively simple internet tasks along the line of checking Facebook and Twitter. With “Slow,” you might be better off sticking with your cellular data plan.
Keep in mind that Wi-Fi Assistant only works for public, open Wi-Fi networks as Android needs to access the signal in order to check it out. If the network is password protected, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t have been able to use it anyway.
If you’re a business owner who doesn’t like random Android users seeing this kind of information, Google has fortunately given administrators a couple of ways …read more