Google’s Project Fi has been in the headlines of late with a move that will see all non-Fi Nexus users get the Wi-Fi Assistant data saving feature.
Now, this mobile network, which piggy-backs off the likes of T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, has a huge thing being lined up in the near future, at least according to the latest rumors. When Project Fi started out, it was only accessible via an invite-only system. This meant that you had to be invited to the platform by a current user in order to make the cut. However, slowly, the service made its way to all users of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 as well as the mid-range Nexus 5X.
So, what’s so special about this Project Fi? In case you didn’t know, the platform has a special feature that allows your device switch to the best network around, be it 4G LTE, 3G or even 2G. It gets even better for those who are using cellular and Wi-Fi connections as the platform will pick the best connection available in case the current signal weakens. There is nothing to worry about even if you are using a public Wi-Fi connection as Project Fi comes with Google’s VPN so as to ensure that no snooping is possible. The feature that lets you switch between the best Wi-Fi and cellular connection is known as Wi-Fi Assistant and it is a huge welcome for those who run on limited data packs.
Another great thing about Google’s Project Fi is that users can still enjoy low data rates of $20 for 2GB, but in case you don’t use up the entire offering, you will be refunded the balance. In case you exceed the offering, you will still be required to pay for the exact amount you have used.
Now, in a new discovery by Android Police, it seems Google is working on adding group plans to the offerings on Project Fi. This comes following a teardown of the official Fi app, however, Google has not mentioned a thing about it. Apparently, those who subscribe to the group plans will have administrators – managers and owners. The plans will be paid for by either an individual or company, with one account controlling every other aspect of the other accounts.
It will possible for the owner setting a data cap for the set up group where exceeding the limit will alert the group’s admins. This will also allow them to see the amount of data that was used in excess by different persons. Admins will still have more power like turning off data for other users included in the group plan, including determining the period that this data can remain turned off. This is a good thing for families or companies that may want to restrict the amount of date kids or employees can use.
With Google planning an event on October 4, we expect to hear more about this Project Fi expansion plans, although don’t be surprised if something of the sought doesn’t show up at the event.