Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Android 8.1 will let you identify the fastest Wi-Fi network

The Verge The Verge
Derrick Tucker | 24 January, 2018, 19:47

Fast: Let's you stream most videos.

Google, besides rolling out the new Wi-Fi feature in its Android 8.1 Oreo, introduced a new "Go" version of an app that it didn't reveal last month while launching Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition).

Like most Android updates, Android 8.1 is only available on Google's Pixel and Nexus devices for the time being. You are never really sure of the type of speed and connectivity you will be getting. The Wi-Fi speed majorly influences the 8.1 Oreo functionality. To be helped before connecting (until you realize that the connection is slower), Google is providing a new "Speed Label" on the Wifi list for Android.

For those fortunate users who have Android 8.1 Oreo running on their handsets, they can check for the feature by tapping on the Wi-Fi option.

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If users connect to a "Slow" network they will not able to perform any task online and will have to depend on normal phone calls and text messages. The speed levels are displayed in four categories - very fast, fast, ok and slow. You might skip that overloaded airport connection instead of wasting minutes trying to visit a basic page. The device will receive an OTA update to the most recent production version of Android available for that device (for example, Android 8.0 Oreo).

The same so far would have been based on a trial-and-error process with current Android versions where you would have to try out another network if the current one proves to be too slow. The Finnish company is now rolling out the latest Android 8.1 Oreo Beta update to its flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 via the company's software beta program- Nokia Phones Beta Labs. The emoji fix was one of the changes introduced in Android 8.1 release.

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