Android 12 looks set to borrow one of the best iOS features: Wi-Fi sharing

While Android 11 hasn’t brought many new features to Android phones, it looks like the 2021 version of the software created by Google will, as we have now heard about a great Android 12 feature.

This comes from GizChina, which spotted a new entry in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) regarding a “Share Wi-Fi” feature. Apparently this shares Wi-Fi passwords with nearby devices of your choice, even those in other rooms.

Android is open source software which means that people can copy, modify and do it their own if they want to, in fact most phone manufacturers do it for their phones. It is therefore likely that new rumors and changes to the source code (as is) are new Android features.

This new AOSP rumor hasn’t been “ merged ” yet, which basically means it’s unofficial, but since it comes from a Google engineer it may be merged soon. Until then we can’t say for sure if it will arrive on Android 12, but as it turns out, we definitely hope so.

An iOS feature

Current builds of Android allow you to share Wi-Fi via QR codes, so if you are connected to Wi-Fi you can have your phone provide a QR code and the person who needs Wi-Fi can scan the code on accessing the Internet.

The system works, but it can be a little tricky, especially for people who don’t know how to scan QR codes or don’t have a readily available scanning app.

Apple products such as those on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS have a much better system – if someone close to you starts trying to connect to the internet, a message will appear on your device letting you share your Wi-Fi informationon with them . This is especially useful if you have multiple devices that you are trying to connect to the web.

This is a feature loved by Apple fans, and it’s definitely useful, so similar functionality in Android phones would be appreciated.

We’ll have to wait and see if this feature arrives on Android 12 at the end of the year when the operating system launches, although the launch of various betas in the first half of the year should give us some clues.


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