Nexus Devices Get Access to WiFi Assistant Technology From Project Fi
Google has expanded Project Fi’s WiFi Assistant technology to other Google Nexus devices couple of days ago. With WiFi Assistant, owners of Nexus devices are able to connect to over a million of open and free Wi-Fi hotspots just like Project Fi users. Nexus devices get access to WiFi Assistant regardless of carrier which they are using for connectivity. If WiFi is close enough and faster than cellular signal, Nexus will seamlessly connect to it and save user’s data.
Connecting to free WiFi hotspots via Project Fi’s WiFi Assistant is additionally secured. Google automatically encrypts the connection while on WiFi and makes the connection as safe as cellular.
Nexuses that run Android Lollipop 5.1 and higher platforms can benefit from WiFi Assistant. Up to now, this feature was Project Fi exclusive. They are smartphones, the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 5x, and 6P and tablets, Nexus 7, 9, and 10.
The new feature that’s now part of all Nexus devices can be turned on and off. If on, users will use WiFi hotspots verified by Google for encrypted, fast, reliable and safe wireless experience without being aware of it. They will notice the difference only at the end of the monthly cycle, when they save money or data.
WiFi Assistant technology is available to Nexus devices in the U.S. since Tuesday. However, Google also announced expansion of this feature to Nexus users in Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) in the following weeks.
In addition to secured WiFi hotspots, Project Fi uses Sprint and T-Mobile’s cellular networks for connectivity since the launch. However, couple of months ago, Google’s wireless provider expanded coverage with U.S. Cellular network. Project Fi operates only on Nexus smartphones, Nexus 6, 5X and 6P.