When Google officially introduced Android 5.1 earlier in March, it was revealed that the new software would support HD Voice, the use of multiple SIM cards and more.
Of course, when dealing with complicated software like this, there’s always more hidden within the code. And, sure enough, something quite interesting has been discovered: A new Google VPN has been found within Android 5.1. Pocketables discovered that to access this new VPN, one will have to go into the Apps section within Settings, and find the Google Connectivity Services option. For the next step, you’ll need a Home replacement launcher like Nova or an app like QuickShortcutMaker, and make a shortcut for the aforementioned connectivity services.
Once it’s on the Home screen, tapping it will bring up a prompt that reads as follows:
To help protect you on open Wi-Fi networks, your data will be transmitted securely through a Google VPN.“
Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t seem to be working as of this writing, as hitting the “Got It” option takes you to a page to connect to a VPN, but nothing happens. Tapping on the “Learn More” option is also a dead end, as it leads to a regular Google support page.
While it’s not working now, it’s obvious that something is indeed in the works. This could be part of Google’s planned MVNO, which is said to function off of T-Mobile, Sprint and Wi-Fi networks. Using the VPN to keep a device secure in that specific situation while using unsecured Wi-Fi networks seems like the most logical idea.[via Pocketables]