Google rolling out Instant Tethering feature to Android devices

Google rolling out Instant Tethering feature to Android devices

A new feature being rolled by Google Inc. for Android OS-based devices will allow users to remain connected to the internet even when their connection is lost, the tech giant announced.

The new feature, dubbed Instant Tethering, is actually part of Google Play Services 10.2. It will make it easier for users of Android devices to utilize their devices as mobile hotspots.

Andreas Proschofsky, an Austrian journalist explained on his Google+ account that Instant Tethering feature, when activated, will allow Android devices with no internet connection to go online by sharing data/connection of other tablets or smartphones.

Any tablet or smartphone that would like to go online and the one that would be sharing its internet connection should be connected to the same Google account, with the parleys of the connection facilitated via Bluetooth.

However, the new feature is currently being rolled out to a limited number of devices. According to a report by Android Police, the company is rolling to limited number of devices powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Google hasn’t issued an expected date for rolling out the new feature to all Android tablets and smartphones. However, as it continues to be tested on Pixel and Nexus devices, more Android users should start seeing it soon.

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