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Android Oreo 8.1 lets you connect to Wi-Fi right from the notification

Feb 3, 2018, 8:30 am

Yesterday, February 2, Google Android announced that its latest Oreo 8.1 has brought the convenience regarding Wi-Fi connectivity for the users. With the Android Oreo update of the operating system, now you can connect to any Wi-Fi network right from the notification itself.

The announcement post provides a short video featuring the Android mascot, who receives a notification of Wi-Fi availability from a nearby coffee shop. The Wi-Fi is naturally connected after the phone detects the availability. How cool is that?

Android Oreo UpdateMany users on the thread beneath the post already reported that this feature is working. One of them even provided a screenshot that shows a webpage loading, seemingly right after the functionality successfully worked.

There were arguments in the thread over the fact that open Wi-Fi will invite security issues, which is obvious. But it was resolved as one of them clarified: “whenever Wi-Fi Assistant connects to an open network, it also connects to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) managed by Google, routing all of your traffic through a private, digital tunnel!”

Security concerns are still a big issue, as depicted in the thread! Also, who can tell if Google’s private tunnel can’t be hacked, right? But then again, “why cut fingernails when they’ll grow back?”

There was a report in the thread that Google Pixel 2 is yet to have this feature workable, even after the Android Oreo 8.1 open Wi Fi upgrade.

One of the users pointed out that this is functioning only in a few countries now. Follow this space to know more!

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