Android now gives indications on the speed of a Wifi network

The mobile device will need to be Oreo compatible

So far, Android smartphone users have benefited from a single indicator regarding their connection to a Wi-Fi network: the power of the signal. With Android Oreo, or for those who like numbers, version 8.1 of Google’s mobile operating system available since December 2017, the firm of Mountain View has decided to take a step forward. The latest version of its mobile operating system allows users to be informed of the speed of a Wi-Fi network before deciding to connect to it.

Thus, next to the traditional bar icon dedicated to the strength of a Wifi signal, a speed indication will appear under the name of a network. Google states that its operating system will return speed information only for public networks; those whose access requires the provision of a password are not affected. Google has decided to separate the speeds in four categories and at the same time indicated the possible uses:

  • slow: the user can make use of the feature of Wifi calls, make phone calls and send SMS.
  • Correct: You can view web pages, use social media, and stream music
  • fast: you can watch most videos streaming.
  • very high: viewing videos of very high quality streaming is possible.

In a forum reserved for Pixel, a smartphone from the Mountain View company, a community animator gives the details of these categories in terms of numbers:

  • slow: 0 to 1 megabit per second.
  • correct: 1 megabit per second at 5 megabits per second.
  • fast: 5 megabits per second to 20 megabits per second.
  • very high: at least 20 megabits per second.

Good news in principle for the regulars of Wifi networks who should be able to choose more easily which to choose. Note however that only smartphone owners already equipped with the second developer preview can make the jump to the final release of the OS with this feature through an update Over The Air (OTA). In this category, there are de facto users of smartphones Pixel and Nexus that do not suffer the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem. In most other cases, you will probably need an Oreo compatible device.

Different ecosystems, different realities in principle, but not in all cases. Indeed, with the addition of this feature to its mobile operating system, it quickly comes to the lips of the observer the question: what is happening on this side on the side of the giant of the mark at the apple ? To date, it seems that no version of iOS returns this type of information. On the other hand, the DataMeter application, available under this OS, makes it possible to display the speed of a download made through the Wifi or telephone network, which makes it possible to get an idea.

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