Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs.
While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google for you to use a stock Android-running device on a traditional carrier.
It’s so fine in fact that now all Nexus owners on 5.1 Lollipop and up have access to one of Project Fi’s sweetest (formerly) exclusive network goodies. We’re talking of course about Wi-Fi Assistant, which “allows you to automatically and securely connect to more than a million, free open Wi-Fi hotspots.”
The beauty of it is the automatic part, where your N4, 5, 6, 5X, 6P, 7, 9 or 10 will scan for a reliable Wi-Fi connection without you lifting a finger, seamlessly switch between that and a cellular link whenever possible, and always keep your data protected from prying eyes through a VPN you also don’t have to set up yourself. Eligible Nexuses in the US should already be “Wi-Fi Assisted”, with the expansion slated to continue over the next few weeks in Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries.