Not-yet-functional VPN feature found on Android 5.1

Not-yet-functional VPN feature found on Android 5.1
As Android 5.1 makes its way on stage for the Nexus faithful, everyone is exploring the new features and observing if their device is performing better with the new OS build.

While the standard encryption settings for Android 5.0 have been considered a possible sore point for hardware performance, but there were optimizations to be made to ART runtime. For some users, features like support for HD voice depend on their carrier. New device protection features will hopefully not need to be tested anytime soon.

With data security still near the top of the list for any seasoned user, it is interesting to learn that Android 5.1 has a new feature deep inside, the ability to set up a virtual private network (VPN). Actually, it is an inability because apparently the feature is not operational yet.

There is an app called Google Connectivity Services. Pocketables found the feature, and given the app’s non-functional state, it apparently proved to be less than willing to start.

However, once started, the app gives us a peak at what Google has in mind for at least part of the future of Android. Google Connectivity Services gives you (will give you) the option to connect to an open network via VPN, thus protecting your data.

Google’s intentions by adding this feature are up for speculation, but smart money says it is a feature that will be enabled with the launch of Google’s upcoming wireless service. Whether or not it could be activated for everyone through a future maintenance update is up for discussion too.

Given the framework that Google has stated it would be operating its MVNO, enabling VPN for voice and data would be a nice feature to tout about when there are hand-offs between the Sprint or T-Mobile network and an open Wi-Fi connection.

sources: Pocketables via SlashGear



1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

This is great.. Keep us updated on this PA! This might stop me from trying to download all type of diferent apps to use Netflix..

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So basically end to end protected for voice and data connections on Google's up coming network using VPN, and it doesn't matter what kind of connection you have (open or non open). That's great news, especially since Google tends to make all this stuff free.

2. bendgate unregistered

This would be great for using Netflix and other regional restricted apps.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

VPN's have been in android for a long time, not new. What IS NEW is that Google is going to run the VPN

4. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

LMAO. There is no security on Android. Google makes damn sure they have access to all your information. A Google run VPN is not private.

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Because Apple and Microsoft don't sell your info to support their bottom line at all, right?

7. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I can't speak for Microsoft, but I can say that it's far removed from Apple's interests. They sell you hardware and software. Google on the other hand provides only software and gives it for free. Their profit is from advertisements and sale of user data.

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013 Take it with a grain of salt, naturally. They kicked Google off iPhone because they wanted a bigger piece of that pie. The map debacle showed it wasn't about a superior product. It's still profit.

9. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

10. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

You REALLY don't know anything about Apple or corporations, for that matter.

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

VPNs, even mini-VPNs like opera's bandwidth saver, usually bypass DNS changes. My rooted note gets ads when I'm using them. Still, this is good news for non-googlephobes.

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