Google announced today that it is introducing enhanced networking functionality to its Project Fi wireless network. Among the changes are improvements to the Project Fi VPN and a faster, more seamless way to intelligently switch between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
“When you enable our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that others can’t see your online activity,” Google’s Dan Chak explains. “That includes Google—our VPN is designed so that your traffic isn’t tied to your Google account or phone number, just like mobile traffic that isn’t sent through the VPN.
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The changes, which will appear in an app update later this week, include:
Always-on virtual private network (VPN). As Chak notes above, Project Fi customers will be able to enable the Project Fi VPN on all networks for security and privacy.
Seamless, faster connections. Project Fi already switches seamlessly between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. But this functionality is being updated so that you’ll have a seamless connection as you move from Wi-Fi coverage to cellular (and the reverse). “Waiting to be reconnected becomes a thing of the past,” Chak explains. “In our testing, we’ve reduced the time without a working connection by up to 40 percent.”