Wi-fi backscatter is a new technology that could potentially power battery-free devices for use in the Internet of Things.
Work on 802.11ax Wi-Fi has started and it could offer amazing per device speeds. But don’t hold your breath, it won’t be ratified until 2019!
Because of Android’s “Back up my data” service, Google knows the passwords to all the Wi-Fi networks you access and the NSA can get at that data too. The simplest option right now is to de-activate the service, but how many users will bother?
A new Sony Google TV device, (product number NSZ-G8), has recently received Wi-Fi certification, but it hasn’t been officially announced by Sony yet.
AT&T and Boingo Wireless are teaming up to bring their customers a wider level of Wi-Fi access while traveling abroad. Although this might sound like a good deal for customers, it comes with a catch for AT&T users.
A Wi-Fi issue seems to be affecting a variety of Nexus devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus) running Android 4.2 and Android 4.2.1, with Google reluctant to call it a software issue.
Do you remember 2010? Android 2.1 was all the rage and the HTC Desire was the phone to own. Joonas Lehtolahti remembers it too. He had a problem with the Wi-Fi network at his university. Because it was an open, un-encrypted network students could connect without needing a password, but to get out onto the Internet you needed to login via a special server. Without getting technical the redirect to this login server used just the hostname “joynet” rather than its full domain name “joynet.joensuu.fi”. OK, so what? Well the problem is that with Android that meant that the name couldn’t be resolved. The result was that students at the university couldn’t access the Internet from an Android device.
Hot on the heels of a report about Americans spending more every year on their smartphones and data plans, we bring news that may make carriers a little less happy. It seems downloads over Wi-Fi amount to more than double the cellular average at nearly 2.5GB monthly. The average Android smartphone user downloads around 870MB over cellular a month.
Google has made more than 4,000 Android Wi-Fi hotspots free across the U.S. in collaboration with Boingo Wireless. There is a bit of a catch, though: if you use a Windows Phone, iOS or Blackberry device, you might not be able to connect.
As the capabilities of Android devices have improved, so did the speed of transferring files from one device to another. Gone are the days that you have to steadily hold two phones near each other and wait until your files are sent via infrared. One of the new ways of sharing files faster is via Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct is a feature that allows two Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect without the need to go through a wireless access point, which allows the phone to transfer files much faster. In layperson’s terms, Wi-Fi Direct is like directly connecting two devices together…