Google Inc (GOOGL) May Be Developing New VPN For Its Wireless Service
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) has kept a connectivity feature hidden right inside the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 5.1. It is currently unclear what the Internet giant is up to, with the feature known as Google Connectivity Services. However, there are speculations that the company could be preparing a new VPN for its promised cellular service.
It takes some digging to come to Google Connectivity Services, an application that is not even functioning yet. Pocketables’ editor-in-chief, John Freml, stumbled on the new system application, but was not able to connect, an indication that Google has not enabled the feature – at least for public use.
Concerning the Google Connectivity Services feature, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) talks about protecting user data when they use open Wi-Fi networks. The company further says that data is transmitted securely through its VPN.
At this point, a number of things about the VPN feature are unclear. For one, it is not known whether Google will roll out the feature to the public or reserve it for just some users. Of course, the company might also terminate it the same way it did with App Opps. The other unclear issue, regarding the new VPN, is its destination. Speculations currently point to deployment in Google’s upcoming cellular service.
Wireless service partners
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is expected to use the wireless infrastructure of T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) to run its small scale wireless service. If that is the case, it is almost certain that customers will be interested to know whether their communications, especially through open Wi-Fi, will be secure. That may explain why Google is preparing a secure connectivity feature.
Only Nexus 6?
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) confirmed its wireless ambitions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company said it was not out to compete with the big four carriers as many expected, but will be rolling out its cellular service on a fairly small scale, mostly to support connectivity innovations. It has been cited that Google’s wireless service will first be available on the company’s own smartphone, known as Nexus 6.
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