Android Unveiled New Feature Called 'Instant Tethering' - Possible Roll Out?

Jan 20, 2017 09:23 PM EST | Jayde Marvynne Zamora

Tethering is a feature enjoyed by Mac and iPhone users which allow devices to turn into a hotspot. This feature is also available on Android phones, but users should unlock their phones and manually turn tethering on. Today, Android has developed an automatic way of turning tethering without unlocking users phone.

The "Instant Tethering" feature works via shared single Google Account. Basically, if one device loses internet connection, it will automatically request tethering access to another device with the same Google Account. According to The Verge, the feature uses Bluetooth connection in order for it to transmit requests.

This "Instant Tethering" is very convenient for Android user since they don't have to unlock and manually process the connection. The update is part of Google Play services 10.2 and will be rolled out in a couple of days.

Android Police discussed that the new update will come first on Nexus and Pixel devices running on Android Nougat 7.1.1. There are no further details regarding this feature, and Google has not commented on the Instant Tethering existence according to the same source.

Furthermore, the community who's using the Nexus and Pixel devices are small. But, the source specifically mentioned that the list of supported devices will increase gradually in the progressing days. There is a chance that it will automatically function on devices since there is a server-side component on this feature. Restarting might trigger the said feature, or users can check if Instant Tethering is available on the main system setting.

The source said that there might be certain device limitations and restrictions based on plans or courier. But rest assured that information needed will be announced in the near future.

What are your thoughts about the latest Android update? Share it in the comment section below, and stay tuned for more news and update.

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