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asked 2015-01-09 20:08:38 +0300

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updated 2016-08-17 11:03:44 +0300

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I am often unsure if the phone is connected via Wifi or 3G/4G. For me the UI for displaying connections could be clearer.

E.G. replace "3G" by the WIFI logo if internet connection is via WIFI.

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Normally the icon visible on the lock screen and during peeking should indicate this: if it shows a Wi-Fi icon, it's connected to Wi-Fi, if it shows two arrows pointing up and down, it's connected to the mobile network (or busy connecting).

nthn ( 2015-01-09 20:13:31 +0300 )edit

Yes, you are probably right, but for me, the current behaviour is not very intuitive as the two symbols are not next to each other. I really would prefer a behavior similar to Android.

hongakonga ( 2015-01-09 20:34:30 +0300 )edit

If you are connected with WIFI, then there's that wifi symbol. If you are connected through cellular network, WIFI symbol is replaced with up/down arrows. How is that confusing?

Pornis ( 2015-01-10 12:30:22 +0300 )edit

@Pornis Your comment is a good Answer to this request, could you post it as such?

foss4ever ( 2015-01-10 13:51:27 +0300 )edit

After switching Wifi off and on I get now the arrows you were talking about. Obviously there is a bug.

But to be honest, I don't find them more intuitive. They are not really similare to the typical WiFi symbol.

hongakonga ( 2015-01-11 08:05:30 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-11 11:32:13 +0300

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Maybe I was unclear.

If your network connection is provided by WLAN, you see the "standard" piece of pie symbol with signal strength indicator:

If your network connection is provided by cellular network, you see the up/down symbol that shows data transfer direction:

If you have both wlan and mobile data disabled, then there is no symbol in that location.

I think Android works in a similar way; mobile data is shown by updown arrows and if wlan is used it replaces the mobile data symbol with the signal strength pie.

You can find more accurate symbols and explanations from:

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Looks like those .png files include white symbols with transparent background, so images might look "empty" ;)

Pornis ( 2015-01-11 11:35:56 +0300 )edit

Ok, now I understand. Thank you for your explanation. But to be honest, for me, this is not self explaining.

hongakonga ( 2015-01-11 14:15:32 +0300 )edit

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