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Android P feature spotlight: Apps can measure distance to nearby WiFi access points to determine your position

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Your phone can already use a combination of signals to determine where you are, including known WiFi access points. However, that's designed to give you a geographic location. In Android P, Google has added support for IEEE 802.11mc, which allows apps to measure the distance to nearby WiFi access points and determine your exact indoor location.

The IEEE 802.11mc is more commonly known as WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). Using RTT, apps can measure how long it takes for signals to travel between you and the AP.

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Android P feature spotlight: Apps can measure distance to nearby WiFi access points to determine your position was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.0 prepares to launch Wi-Fi projection support [APK Teardown]

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Since the launch of Android Auto, drivers have been disappointed by the requirement to have their phones tethered to a cable. Not only was it inconvenient to plug in each time you got in the car, especially if you had a lot of quick stops to make, but it was also problematic when most cars didn't feed enough power through the designated port to keep phones from draining. Google finally let it slip that Wi-Fi support would be launched for Auto, and with the latest version, it looks like Google is just about ready to make it a reality.

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Android Auto v3.0 prepares to launch Wi-Fi projection support [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Netgear Orbi mesh router with wall satellite is $194 ($55 off) from Amazon, $199 ($50 off) from Best Buy

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Mesh routers make it easier to cover large areas with great Wi-Fi coverage. Think of each mesh station as a cell phone tower, where your devices automatically switch to whichever one has the best signal. No more upstairs-only networks, or $30 janky repeaters that interfere with other signals. If you've been itching to try one, Netgear's Orbi system is on sale again.

This particular model is the router + wall satellite combo, which means you get one base station and one 'satellite' (basically just a less-powerful station that plugs directly into an outlet).

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[Deal Alert] Netgear Orbi mesh router with wall satellite is $194 ($55 off) from Amazon, $199 ($50 off) from Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out now] Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Speed labels for open Wi-Fi networks are now displayed in settings [Update]

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

While open Wi-Fi networks are nice to find, they can sometimes be so slow that you'd prefer to just use your precious mobile data.

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[Update: Rolling out now] Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Speed labels for open Wi-Fi networks are now displayed in settings [Update] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] NETGEAR Orbi RBK33 AC2200 home 3-pack WiFi system $299.99 at Amazon ($50 off)

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Perhaps you've been frustrated by dead spots in your home WiFi situation, lamenting those rooms that, for you, might as well no longer exist. Instead of shaking your fist, maybe it's time to look at a mesh WiFi system. Amazon has a deal on the NETGEAR Orbi AC2200 3-pack, which has dropped $50 to $299.99.

For your three Benjamins you get a WiFi router and two satellite units, which offers up to 5000 square feet of coverage.

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[Deal Alert] NETGEAR Orbi RBK33 AC2200 home 3-pack WiFi system $299.99 at Amazon ($50 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei hops on the mesh network bandwagon with the WiFi Q2

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

At CES 2018, Huawei announced its new home network/router solution, the WiFi Q2. Although similar to other products on the market, like Google's or Netgear's offerings, the WiFi Q2 differs slightly in that it's "the world's first" hybrid system for blanketing your home in wireless signal.

Combining a "unique G.hn" 1Gbps powerline connection (PLC) with a mesh system (1,867Mbps backhaul and load balance support), Huawei is hoping to reduce the amount of dead areas in your coverage.

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Huawei hops on the mesh network bandwagon with the WiFi Q2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] B&H has eero 1st-gen 3-pack for $229.95 ($170 off), Samsung Fast Charge bundle for $39.99 ($60 off), and more

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Christmas has come and gone, but you might still be in the market for something to spend some cash or a holiday bonus on. B&H is running a year-end sale on a ton of products, including the first-generation eero Home Wi-Fi System, a nice Samsung Fast Charge bundle, and several other goodies you might want.

Perhaps your home needs a Wi-Fi upgrade. B&H is offering the first-generation eero Home Wi-Fi System at a steep discount.

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[Deal Alert] B&H has eero 1st-gen 3-pack for $229.95 ($170 off), Samsung Fast Charge bundle for $39.99 ($60 off), and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Speed labels for open Wi-Fi networks are now displayed in settings

Friday, December 8th, 2017

While open Wi-Fi networks are nice to find, they can sometimes be so slow that you'd prefer to just use your precious mobile data. Google seems to agree with this, having implemented these Wi-Fi speed labels for open networks in Android 8.1 Oreo to let users decide whether they should connect to a certain unknown network.

Without having seen the feature in action, you might be confused (like Artem was) as to what exactly it does.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Speed labels for open Wi-Fi networks are now displayed in settings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: ‘Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep’ option removed, as on the Pixel 2

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

If you have an incredibly detailed memory, you may recall as far back as around 24 hours ago, when we talked about how the "Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep" setting was apparently removed for the Pixel 2s. We felt that it was a confusing, unnecessary, and potentially unintentional change, but Google is doubling down. With the latest Android 8.1 developer preview images, the option is now missing on more than just the Pixel 2, likely confirming that the change was intended. 

Wi-Fi Preferences on a Pixel XL in both 8.0 (left) and 8.1 (right)

As we mentioned in our previous coverage for the Pixel 2, the option was actually pretty useful.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: 'Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep' option removed, as on the Pixel 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Major vulnerability discovered in WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, affects Android and pretty much everything else

Monday, October 16th, 2017

If you read any tech websites besides Android Police, you may have already heard about 'KRACK.' That's the name for a serious security vulnerability that affects virtually every device supporting Wi-Fi connections - including Android.

I'll do my best to explain in a way that doesn't leave you confused and/or bored. If you're not familiar with how Wi-Fi operates, most locked networks use the WPA2 protocol for security. There are a few older standards, like WEP and WPA1, but they have largely fallen out of use due to the massive number of ways to break into them (especially WEP).

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Major vulnerability discovered in WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol, affects Android and pretty much everything else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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