These days, mobile networks can be crowded and mobile data usually comes at a premium. Even with overages slowly making their way out of the scene, nobody wants to hit their data cap in the middle of the month and be unable to watch YouTube, or have to wait up to a minute just to check their Facebook. Luckily, there are open public Wi-Fi hotspots in a multitude of places. These do have their issues, of course. Namely, they may not be secure, and users don't always think to connect to them before absentmindedly whipping out their phone when they have a dull moment. Google's Wi-Fi Assistant fixes both of these issues, and was available only to Project Fi customers until now. According to a new report, the software is rolling out to non-Fi Nexus owners.
The Wi-Fi assistant is not an app, but rather a small system setting hidden within your Wi-Fi settings. Aside from the setting itself, there is no real indication that you've received the tool, though the timing does coincide quite nicely with the September security update. The tool allows you to automatically connect to open Wi-Fi as you pass by. The catch is that you will only connect to networks that Google's servers have deemed to be secure enough to conduct all the usual smartphone business on.