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Google Reportedly Building Application to Log into WiFi Hotspots For You

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The rise of WiFi hotspots around public places that your daily travels takes you to is definitely a good thing. What is annoying about the trend, is that each hotspot requires you to sign into their hub once you step in range. This process can be accomplished quickly, but sometimes drags out into minutes of loading screens that takes up all of the time you had to quickly check your phone. Google feels our first world problems and is reportedly working on an automated solution for us.

According to sources close to¬†Engadget, Google is already refining the app for Android and iOS. Tests around Google headquarters at Mountain View have already started for the Android version and suggest that we could see this sooner rather than later. This type of application could not only make the whole process more streamlined, but also more secure as well. If Google’s app is in charge of the log-in, that gives hotspots the chance to not be completely open and offers some encryption options if they want.

Google has all of our information already, why not let them take care of logging into WiFi hotspots with it?

Via: Engadget
  • Drew Galyen

    WiFi Auto Login already does this for me https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ybu.wifiautologin such as automatically connecting and logging into McDonald’s wifi while I’m in the drive thru line.

  • StankyChikin

    I guess when you aren’t on t-mobile you need this.

    • MReprogle

      No, if you are on T-Mobile, this is a must have. I had T-Mobile for a week and their signal is so weak that it couldn’t even reach my desk at work, even though I am right next to a huge window. Outside of work, it seems usable, outside of the strange dropped calls I kept getting. Needless to day, I was smart to keep my Verizon phone with unlimited data, and just cancelled my T-Mobile plan.

      • StankyChikin

        No, If you are on T-Mobile, you do not need this ;)

  • Chris

    Are people that lazy to just check a box? It takes like 2 seconds….

    • CoreRooted

      Actually, it isn’t always that simple. Most hotspots around me require you to open a browser, wait for their page to load, accept the TOS (either a checkbox and/or a button), then get redirected to the establishment’s home page. It isn’t so much that it takes “2 seconds” (most are much slower than that to the tune of two to five minutes).

      • capecodcarl

        Our guest wireless captive portal at work does this and you also have to type in an e-mail address. It’s annoying so I avoid using it because anytime my device goes to sleep I have to log back in to the captive portal. If it was smart enough to remember my mac address and remember I accepted the terms of service within something sane like an 8 hour period then I’d be fine with it.

        • CoreRooted

          Our public wi-fi here requires just a button click, BUT… Every time the device sleeps, you have to go back to that landing page. It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t sometimes mess up and “forget” that it has to go to the landing page. While I am for free, public wi-fi, the hassle it introduces can get really annoying. I once had to actually fill out a form (email, TOS accept, and choose my device (REALLY???) in order to sign on. When I saw that, I was back on mobile data while I was there. LOL

  • Kyle

    Chromecast needs this….when I travel I take mine with me and all the hotels and hospitals all require you to click some checkbox to accept their security statement from a browser window before connecting to the network. Luckily I have a workaround, still running unlimited data on Verizon with a rooted Droid DNA, but there are times I feel bad for using 36GB’s of data streaming Netflx when there’s folks out there limited to 2GB. :P

    • Chris

      Is it really that hard form you to check a box?

      people today are so lazy SOBs

      • NexusMan

        The hotspot I most frequently log into, requires, selecting the network, loading their webpage, typing in personal info, accepting the terms of service, clicking ok, waiting for another webpage to open, and then exiting out. That’s a few more steps than putting a “check” in “a box.”

    • Tom Z

      I have to figure out how to do this… My home internet is Sooooo Slow compared to my lte. I would love to use the lte with my Chromecast!

    • MReprogle

      I was thinking about doing this last weekend, but wasn’t sure how I would get the Chromecast to connect to the hotel’s network. What is this workaround that you speak of?

      • Kyle

        Correct I wifi tether and create the hotspot, and have to use a 3rd device (Nexus 7 or Laptop) as the source of the video file. Which is why this feature is greatly needed on Chromecast.

  • Alan Burnstine

    My Droid DNA does this already. I thought it was something in Android 4.x, but I guess it must be a Sense UI feature.

    • Chris

      Sense does add things that stock doesn’t have and yet people bitch about it and send HTC death threats

  • fallsgable

    as a comcast Xfinity cable customer, I get logged into Xfinity xfinitywifi network wherever my G2 picks up an Xfinity hotspot automatically already! All I had to do was log in ONCE, for the first time….even though I have unlimited data, it will automatically connect me with Xfinity wifi hotspot if one is detected….and they are everywhere around here….in Baltimore

    http://www.comcast.com/wifi/default.htm?SCRedirect=true

  • cadtek91

    Inb4 people say something about you needing a Google+ account for logging in.

    • Chris

      knowing Google you will.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      is it even a question? Of course ye have to!!!

  • Spencer Hanson

    As nice as that would be…. hotspots and and Hubs in public could have lots of malware and virus’s secretly installed on those networks. ill take my chances with mobile networking

    • Adrynalyne

      Those networks running those hotspots won’t be running Android, so I think that is a moot point.

      • Ryan

        That’s not to say that there aren’t any malware for Android. They certainly exist, and public WiFi spots are hot targets not only for Android, but iOS as well.

        • Adrynalyne

          Correct, I am not implying otherwise. I am just pointing out that it has to run on the host device to have a delivery system. Its unlikely that anything but *nix or win32 is going to be running the hotspot making it safe for Android in that regard. If other Android devices were infected, it would still require user input to be able to install.

          • Ryan

            Who knows, hackers can be sneaky and many devices I believe still have older software with exploits on them where things can be installed without any acknowledgement from the user. Seen it either here or Android Police, one of the two.

          • Adrynalyne

            Post a link if you happen upon it again. I would be interested in learning about it.

          • Ryan

            Closest I came across so far in my Google search was something back in Dec. http://www.androidauthority.com/obad-nastiest-piece-android-malware-discovered-2013-324830/ – Its no longer relevant for devices on 4.3 and higher, but there are a number still on 4.2 in use today, which is a bit of a shame.

    • CoreRooted

      That statement makes no sense. So, you’re saying that you’ll bypass a public hotspot because that network is susceptible to malware and virii? Your device and the protections that you enable/disable on it is what makes a network secure or insecure. If you have your device protected (firewall/antivirus/anti-malware/etc), then the network you are on matters not. Even if other infected devices are on said network, your device would have to be unprotected in order to become infected.

      • Spencer Hanson

        true very true. im just speaking of some public wifi hotspots that are easily taken advantage of like hotels and such. i like to avoid those just in case there is anything that will hop onto my device. i do keep malwarebytes on my devices and do scans once a week. at those times id like to stay on my mobile network for internet use.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Awesome.

  • BillySuede

    yet another in the multitude of reasons why i heart google.

  • jmsbwmn

    There is already a great app that automatically logs into Starbucks WiFi. I forget the app name, but I’ve been using it forever, and it works perfectly.

    P.S. IT’S FREE!

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Or carriers can either bring back unlimited data or give us reasonable caps, and we wouldn’t have to rely on using WiFi hotspots everywhere we go to save our precious 2GB per month.

    • timrcm

      I know where you’re coming from, but even with unlimited data this would be a good thing to have. WiFi hotspots are typically connected to a landline internet connection (cable, fiber, DSL, whatever floats your boat). These connections can handle a load much, much nicer than your cellular service can (and are often lower latency and faster as well). Why not help your fellow man and help reduce the load on the tower when you’re already at a location that has an internet connection available?

      • JC

        “Handle a load” lol

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        You bring up a good point, in addition they are useful if you have limited or no cell coverage in certain places. Realistically though in many areas LTE is much faster than your coffee shop with many people using one internet connection, which is why I like the option to use LTE when I can, and WiFi when I have to.

    • The Narrator

      Wi-Fi > Unlimited data

      • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

        ntrly, no.

        • timrcm

          yarly, yes.

          Until Verizon’s LTE can surpass our corporate Sonicpoint WiFi connected to gigabit fiber at work. When that happens, let me know. Except I still won’t care, because no one needs those speeds on a phone and I’d still rather use the more reliable landline connection when it’s available.

          • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

            When I (and everyone else on verizon) can use your office network, you’ll be right.

          • timrcm

            Feel free, there’s an open guest network with full bandwidth and you can typically pick up signal half way down the street!

            Any WiFi connection with at least, say, 3mbps is preferred to using cellular. Unless you’re torrenting bluray rips on your phone or something, you don’t need more speed than that, and the superior stability and reliability is far more valuable.

          • Adrynalyne

            I average 25 down with LTE. That doesn’t make 3Mbps preferable at all.

          • Corey Foltman

            i think he is talking more about wifi at places like stores, which is usually slower than cell networks… which makes you sign in using the browser after you connect to the wifi

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Are the SonicPoints 802.11ac or 802.11n? 5GHz or 2.4GHz? In many markets, especially with AWS, LTE speeds can be 25-100Mbps. Even with my 120Mbps cable connection and my phone connected to my 802.11ac wireless router at 433Mbps, I’m lucky to hit 75Mbps – point being that WiFi in a phone without 3×3 MIMO can actually be slower than LTE, regardless of the WiFi backbone.

          • michael arazan

            But everyone else doean’t have access to your corporate sonicpoint now do they?

        • The Narrator

          Considering outside wifi is faster than Verizon during the day yes. Everywhere i go i use WiFi and never have a problem. Had Unlimited data and ditched it when i upgraded because i never used over 3gb. No matter what i did.