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Speed labels on Android 8.1 Oreo help determine the connection speeds of open or public Wi-Fi networks. Apart from displaying signal strength, the new feature categorises an open Wi-Fi connection’s speed in four different categories - Slow, Ok, Fast, Very Fast.
A ‘Slow’ speed label will show up for open Wi-Fi connections with speeds between 0 - 1 Mbps. The ‘Ok’ speed label is for Wi-Fi speeds between 1 - 5 Mbps. A ‘Fast’ label will be displayed for connection speeds that range between 5 - 20 Mbps, while the ‘Very Fast’ label is for 20 Mbps and above connection speeds.
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Google’s support page also highlights how these varying speed labels affect performance. Google describes the four speed labels as follows:
Slow: If you can use Wi-Fi calling, you can make phone calls and send texts.
OK: You can read webpages, use social media, and stream music.
Fast: You can stream most videos.
Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos.
These new speed labels on Android 8.1 Oreo are designed to function only with public/open Wi-Fi networks which are traditionally slow. The labels will help users better determine which open network they should connect to when multiple options are available in a particular location.
Users also have an option of turning off Wi-Fi Speed labels on their Pixel and Nexus devices updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.
To disable Speed labels, users can head to the Settings app >>>Network & Internet>> Wi-Fi>> Wi-Fi Preferences>> Advanced Network rating provider>> None.
Google officially started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update for Nexus and Pixel devices back in December. The Android 8.1 Oreo update activates the Google Pixel 2 smartphone’s Visual Core which is the company's custom-designed image processor with machine learning. After the update was rolled out, some Google Pixel and Nexus device users reported a lock screen swiping issue, which the company acknowledged as well. You can read about it here.
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