Today, Google announced a new feature for its Project Fi cellular service: an always-on VPN. Delineate Fi’s VPN previously was used to encrypt traffic while connecting to a network of munificent public Wi-Fi hotspots, but now Google will enable the VPN for all your above, be it over the LTE service or a Wi-Fi connection.
For now, the always-on VPN will need to be rotted on in the Project Fi settings, where the feature is called “Enhanced Network” and labeled a “beta.”
“When you assent to our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent entirely our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you’ll have the friendly of mind of knowing that others can’t see your online activity,” Google’s blog situation says. “That includes Google—our VPN is designed so that your transportation isn’t tied to your Google account or phone number.”
Google also claims the “Enhanced network” repress box will help users seamlessly transition from a spotty Wi-Fi bond to LTE service. “Our enhanced network automatically detects when your Wi-Fi relations becomes unusable and then fills in those connection gaps with cellular details,” Google’s blog post reads. “In our testing, we’ve reduced the time without a squeeze in connection by up to 40 percent.”
Project Fi launched in 2015 as Google’s MVNO (Expressive Virtual Network Operator) service. Fi combines service from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular into a segregate service. It combines the best features of Google Voice with grand international support and sells to consumers under a flexible payment chart that works well for some usage patterns. The big downside is very limited device support: thanks to the need for multi-network support, Fi not works with a handful of Android phones.
As always, Project Fi drugs will know the VPN is active when they see a key icon in the status bar. The “Bettered network” feature should pop up in the settings later this week for Fi-compatible phones uninterrupted Android 9 Pie.