The latest Google Play Services version 10.2 comes in handy to those who own two Android devices, a smartphone and a tablet, or two smartphones. Google has just introduced a new feature called Instant Tethering that will make it easier for a Wi-Fi only tablet to connect to a smartphone. And the latest Google Play Services update will work in two ways.
First of all, a smartphone will share its cellular data connection with a tablet that’s signed in with the same Google account. Secondly, the same smartphone will locate other signed-in smartphones or tablets with an active data connection and it will get data connection from them.
Users who just installed Google Play Services 10.2 are now taking advantage of this feature, as it was made available as a server-side update. If the feature is enabled, any device will automatically communicate and connect whenever it’s possible. So, those who travel a lot and take their Wi-Fi only tablet with them, they will want to connect to the internet through a wireless connection, via their smartphone. So, they will simply turn on their smartphone’s tethering & portable hotspot, making it possible for the tablet to connect to the mobile data. But in order to turn on Portable Wi-Fi hotspot, users will head to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Tethering & portable hotspot.
The process may be long, but in the end, the tablet will automatically find the smartphone that has the mobile data connection enabled, then it will connect to its cellular data. The only condition is for both devices to be signed into the same Google account. The new feature brought by Google Play Services 10.2 will also inform users about the amount of battery juice left on their smartphone while a tablet is connected to it.
Also, in order to make sure that the Instant Tethering option is available on their phone, users must go to Settings > Google. However, this feature will be found only on devices that run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, so for now, only the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6 will act as a hotspot and client, while the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets will act as clients.