Google Play Services v10.2 to Introduce an ‘Instant Tethering’ Feature

Google Play Services v10.2 to Introduce an ‘Instant Tethering’ Feature

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While many people complain that OEMs are slow to push out big official updates to Android, Google is able to roll out the latest version of Google Play Services to over 90% of the active user base. Updates to Google Play Services doesn’t change the core UI of Android, and it doesn’t add in new APIs for developers to utilize.

However, it can add in new features to smartphones and tablets that have a deep level of integration into the Android platform.

We’ve just learned that Google is in the process of rolling out a new update of Google Play Services at this very moment. This update will bring its version up to 10.2 (10.2.91 to be exact right now) and we’re already seeing one big feature added in this update. This update likely adds in other fixes and optimizations as well, but Andreas Proschofsky has uploaded a screenshot of the new Instant Tethering feature that they were able to discover once they received the update.

You can manually download and install this update by yourself by clicking here (just be sure you grab the appropriate version for your specific device), or you can wait for the update to be pushed to your device via the Google Play Store. It seems the Instant Tethering feature is a server side switch though, and Google will be testing this on a small percentage of Pixel and Nexus devices which are running Android 7.1.1 Nougat at first.

Once you get the update and once the feature is activated for your device, you’ll see two toggles that will let you designate if you want the device to provide a data connection or receive a data connection. Sometimes you’ll be able to toggle both of these on, but Google says the Nexus 9 and Pixel C will only be supported as clients.

Source: +AndreasProschofsky