Android 4.3’s New ‘Always-On’ Wi-Fi Feature Buried in Settings

It might be a bit much to say that one of the new features packed into Android’s 4.3 upgrade iscontroversial, but it’s definitely one worth knowing a little bit more about. As those who have taken a spin around the Android 4.3 ROM have noticed, Google has made a change to devices’ Wi-Fi settings in Android 4.3.

“To improve location accuracy and for other purposes, Google and other apps may scan for nearby networks, even when Wi-Fi is off,” describes Google.

Android Police’s Ron Amadeo notes that the move is actually probably designed to save one’s battery life instead of wasting it, given that the only other way for one’s smartphone to discern one’s location is to kick on the battery-draining GPS. However, he also calls out Google’s interesting use of language in its disclaimer – specifically, the “other purposes” bit.

“Those ‘other purposes’ probably (that means this is the speculation part) involves shipping that Wi-Fi location data back to Google, which is how the Wi-Fi location service currently functions. The only way to use Wi-Fi hotspots for location data is to build a map of SSID (hotspot name) locations. You do that by running around with a GPS and Wi-Fi chip and virtually stick Wi-Fi pins on a map,” Amadeo writes.

To check and see whether your phone has this feature enabled by default (a number do not), you’ll have to navigate through to the very bowels of your Android operating system’s settings — Google doesn’t exactly make this feature all that easy to flick on and off. Here’s how:

Fire up the Settings app and tap your finger on the Wireless and Networks option. Tap on the Wi-Fi option, and then tap on the Overflow button on your phone’s screen (the triple-dots icon). When this submenu pops up, tap your finger on the Advanced option. From there, you’ll want to make sure to check the “Scanning always available” option if you want to participate in the new Android 4.3 feature. Otherwise, if it’s checked, you need merely to uncheck it to ensure that “Wi-Fi off” really means “Wi-Fi off.”

It’s important to reiterate that numerous reports have come in from Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Galaxy Nexus owners – to name a few – who all indicate that this feature remains off by default when they’ve updated their devices to Android 4.3. Which is to say, it’s more important that you know about this potentially useful setting than to freak out about it, but it’s also worth checking this, and many of Android’s other “Advanced” wireless configuration options, when you’ve upgraded your mobile OS!

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update in India

With the announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google informed that the update will hit the Nexus devices globally very soon. Now since the starting of this week, it seems LG Nexus 4 and Asus Nexus 7 devices in India have also started receiving the update.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is around 157.7MB and it will be available as an over the air (OTA) update. It is better suggested to use a WiFi network for faster downloading. GizBot finally received both the updates today and hence it cab be said that more and more users in India will be receiving the new OS in the coming days.

Talking about the awesome features that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will bring about in the device will be better performance, multi-user support which means now there will be a restriction on profiles that allows content limitations to specific users.

In simple terms the users can now make contents private. While other features will include Bluetooth Smart, and the ability to project movies etc from the device to the big screen. The Bluetooth Smart feature allows users to connect to other Bluetooth devices such as the Heart Beat Sensor, Fuelband, and Smartwatch and share data between them.

Not only that but a new game center and a whole new suite of Android apps will be coming to the platform. Google Play Games is also added into the mix so the user can more easily beat your friends down when playing multiplayer titles. There are several more features that comes inside the package. Thus stay tuned to GizBot for more updates on Android 4.3 updates and much more. Also take a detailed look at the features of Android 4.3.