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Android Will Tell You the WiFi Speed Before You Connect to It. But Do You Really Have Time for That?

Android Oreo users in Nigeria, where you at?

Google has announced that Android 8.1 Oreo will display the speed of nearby open WiFi networks so that you can decide whether they’re worth connecting to. So, instead of just seeing the name of the WiFi, you will be able to see the speed labels, which include:

  • Slow (0-1Mbps): Wi-Fi calling, send texts.
  • OK (1-5Mbps): Read web pages, use social media, stream music.
  • Fast (5-20Mbps): Stream video.
  • Very Fast (Over 20Mbps): Stream high-quality videos.

Nice, right?
However, I have two questions.
For one, how does Google know how fast a Wifi network is without connecting to it?

I am guessing that Google would determine the speed either through the signal strength of the WiFi (Not likely) or they’d use the data gleaned from other Android devices that have previously connected to the WiFi — this is plausible since Google says that you can turn this new feature off by changing a “Network Rating Provider” option from “Google” to “none”.
Now the second question is this, knowing how difficult finding a free WiFi hotspot is, especially in Nigeria, would you ignore one (Let’s say in a BRT bus) because it has been labeled as slow?

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8 comments on “Android Will Tell You the WiFi Speed Before You Connect to It. But Do You Really Have Time for That?

  1. Barry says:

    Ain’t got time. Lol

  2. Hard to find free WiFi in Naija…that feature is not for us.
    Happy New year Misstechy

    1. Laide says:

      That is not true, you can in Lagos park

  3. Pwilliams says:

    Hahahahaha….. connect first be4 anything else

  4. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, FOR ME, IF ITS LABELLED AS SLOW, I WOULDN’T CONNECT JUST LIKE HOW UNILORIN’S WIFI HAS BUILT IN SNAIL SPEED FEATURES IN SOME AREAS WITHIN THE SCHOOL.
    HOWEVER, THE QUESTIONS GOT ME THINKING TOO.
    BUT WHY GIVE MYSELF HEADACHE WHEN I’M NOT EVEN USING AN OREO PHONE YET?…

  5. Fhëm says:

    Generally i get a quick guess of a Wi-Fi strength from the signal bar and also checking from option/properties shows the speed for an average users ..
    Note: I wudnt try making Wi-Fi call with 0-1Mbps..

  6. Wow this is a great news… But Android 8.0 Oreo is not for budget device though…

  7. _edu_andy_ says:

    It’s a great feature but I couldn’t care less

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