Gboard Go Available on Android 8.1 Smartphones

Herbert Rhodes
January 24, 2018

An Android 8.1 device can search for an open WiFi network and informs you of the speed estimate or speed label.

Slow networks are fine for phone calls and texting, OK networks will allow you to stream music, load webpages, and view social media feeds. While Fast and Very Fast labels will suggest better suitability for streaming video.

As has been revealed in a Pixel user forum post, Google will be using the terms Slow, OK, Fast and Very Fast to indicate the state of each network with respect to the data speed it provides. Update to 8.1 and you will see if a specific network is Slow, OK, Fast, or Very Fast. The feature will still display Slow Wi-Fi networks, but tapping on them is not highly recommended. With the majority of major providers offering 4G speeds, a lot of WiFi hotspots or other public Internet sources can't keep up with your regular service.

Google is yet again adding new features to its Android 8.1 OS version.

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Alongside the Wi-Fi-related update, Google will also deliver the ability to see the available wireless connections and access them right at the Notification Panel. The labels show up under the network name in the list of available WIFI connections. If the network is password protected, there's a good chance you wouldn't have been able to use it anyway.

"Signal strength shows on the Wi-Fi icon". Google has confirmed that you will now be able to know how fast the connection is.

Some of you might be thinking: which device with low RAM has Android 8.1? Otherwise, you have to register for the Beta Labs program first and request for the OTA update manually. Alternatively, anyone running Android 8.1 can sideload it as well. One of the most recent ones is Android Auto's intermittent failure even to start when you get in the vehicle and plug your phone in.

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