Android 8.1 is out for a few weeks now; the Google has not stopped adding new features in its software releases. In this update, they manage to combine speed labels for public (open) Wi-Fi networks.

Android 8.1 public Wi-Fi networks feature

This feature has started rolling out today. Once you get it, you will see an estimation of how fast each nearby public Wi-Fi network is. The levels are

  • Very Fast – 20 Mbps
  • Fast – 5 Mbps
  • Ok – 1-5 Mbps
  • Slow 0-1 Mbps

It’s not exactly a speed test rating, but it should make the job of deciding between networks a bit easier.

These labels should help you decide which network you should connect to, and save a lot of hassel and time.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for password-protected networks. If for any reason you don’t like the speed labels you can disable them. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider and choosing None instead of Google.