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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.

Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

There is a small problem you can run into when setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in previous versions of Android. By default, the SSID is just AndroidAP, and a lot of people don't change that. So if your phone, tablet, or laptop connected to such an access point in the past, they'd try again every time they saw that Android AP SSID. But as of Android 8.0 Oreo, any devices that never ran a previous version of Android will get a unique hotspot SSID. 

There is a caveat, and that is that any device which has been upgraded to O won't see this behavior by default.

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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] eero Pro 2nd generation down 10-12% in various packs (3-pack for $439.99)

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

WiFi routers are seeing a complete renaissance the last couple of years thanks to mesh networks, and eero was one of the first to spearhead this movement. This June, eero released the 2nd generation of its routers and these are the ones being discounted now.

The 3-router pack is the most discounted, dropping from $499 to $439.99. The router + 2 beacons pack is down from $399 to $356. And finally the router + 1 beacon pack is down from $299 to $267.99.

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[Deal Alert] eero Pro 2nd generation down 10-12% in various packs (3-pack for $439.99) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Wi-Fi networks that use Captive portals (like a Sign In page) can be a real headache. You connect to it, and then try to figure out why nothing is loading, and finally Android shows the 'Sign in to network' popup. Starting with Android O, the Settings app makes it more obvious that you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

 

Left: Android 7.1.2 (LineageOS ROM); Right: Android 8.0

While the 'Sign in to network' notification hasn't changed at all with Android O, the Wi-Fi section of the Settings now has a large button to login when viewing a Captive portal network.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] NETGEAR’s Orbi home 3-pack WiFi system is just $319.99 ($80 off) for Amazon’s Deal of the Day

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Having WiFi coverage troubles in your large house? If so, you may want to check out a home WiFi system like the NETGEAR Orbi. The three-pack model of the Orbi is now down to $319.99, which is $80 off its $399.99 MSRP, as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day.

The Orbi three-pack comprises of a WiFi router and 2 wall plug "satellites." This particular kit boasts up to 5000 square feet of coverage, making it perfect for more sizable homes.

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[Deal Alert] NETGEAR's Orbi home 3-pack WiFi system is just $319.99 ($80 off) for Amazon's Deal of the Day was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Asus Lyra mesh WiFi system is available today for $399.99

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Remember the days when you would just have one router? How did we ever survive? Today's home WiFi systems come with mutliple access points connected in a mesh network for better coverage and throughput. Google has Google Wifi, Linksys has Velop, and there are many more. Today, Asus' new Lyra mesh networking system is available for purchase. It's a bit more spendy than some of the competition, though.

A three-pack of Asus Lyra routers will cost you $399.99.

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Asus Lyra mesh WiFi system is available today for $399.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook expands in-app WiFi finder globally

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Cellular data is all well and good when it works, but maybe you're in an area with spotty coverage, or perhaps you are traveling in a foreign country. That's when you need some WiFi, and now Facebook would like to help you find it. The "Find WiFi" feature that was being tested in a few countries is now rolling out globally.

You will see the Find WiFi option under your More tab in the Facebook app.

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Facebook expands in-app WiFi finder globally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now available in France and Germany] Google Wifi may be coming to France on Monday

Monday, June 26th, 2017

It isn't officially announced, but earlier today Google posted a teaser GIF about upcoming product availability on their French Google+ page. The meaning of the image wasn't entirely clear since it's just an animation of some buildings growing out of the ground, as a bubble in the center reflects waves around.

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[Update: Now available in France and Germany] Google Wifi may be coming to France on Monday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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