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In a world plagued by data caps and slow-to-respond telecoms, using your Android device as a mobile hotspot can be a dangerous game of cat and mouse between you and the background download actions of the system and various apps. In order to limit this issue, Android 4.1 comes equipped with a little known feature which allows you to designate mobile networks beforehand and customize the options that the attached devices must follow if they want to stay connected.


If both devices are running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1+), the one looking for a connection will automatically know it's hooked up to a hotspot rather than a WiFi router. However if you're trying to run a Mifi or non-Android tablet/phone/music player, you'll need to make sure Android knows to place a limitation on them ahead of time. Go to Settings > Data Usage, and hit the three dots in the top right corner. From here, press the button labeled Mobile Hotspots, and check off the mobile hotspots in your list of saved networks.


From here on out Android will limit the data usage on your selections by default. Music streaming apps won't activate in the background, and mobile data restrictions you've set on the phone will apply network-wide to anyone who's tethered up.


Source: AndroidCentral


If you are in a particular Starbucks coffee shop happens to be in the few areas where Google has its Fiber service set up, the speed bump will be up to 100 times faster than the current Starbucks WIFI connection

As TechCrunch points out, this isn't Google's first attempt at providing free Wi-Fi access in a public place. In San Francisco, the company is having talks about setting up free access points in key public spaces. Google's free hotspots should go live there in April, 2014. There are also numerous Wi-Fi access points in the surroundings of Google's Mountain View HQ, too.

Google will start rolling out the new networks this August. They appreciate your patience if it's still a little while before they get to your favorite Starbucks-you'll know your new network is ready to go when you can log in to the "Google Starbucks" SSID.

Source: Google


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