Google Project Fi's WiFi Assistant Available to Nexus Users
It won't be necessary to subscribe to Google's Project Fi to take advantage of one of the key features of the wireless service. Nexus users will have access.Users of Google's Nexus devices will soon have the option of enabling their smartphones or tablets to automatically use free open WiFi hotspots where available to supplement their regular cellular service. The company on Friday said that it has begun rolling out Google's WiFi Assistant to Nexus users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and certain Nordic countries. Nexus devices running Android 5.1 and later will receive the feature in the next several weeks. The feature has up to now been available only to subscribers of Project Fi, a wireless service that Google is delivering using a combination of 4G LTE cellular networks from multiple carriers and WiFi hotspots around the country. WiFi Assistant is designed to search for and automatically connect Project Fi users to more than 1 million open WiFi hotspots that the company has previously confirmed as being fast and reliable. All data flowing through such open WiFi hotspots will be completely encrypted via VPN to protect user privacy, according to Google.
Google has said that the combination of WiFi hotspots and cellular networks gives users a way to lower their data usage while getting access to fast Internet services around the country.