One of the reasons to buy into a company’s ecosystem is that generally companies would make products and services more tightly integrated with each other. A good example would be Chrome OS which has a feature called Instant Tethering that will turn your Pixel handset into a hotspot that it can connect to if there is no other internet connection available.

However this was initially limited to just Pixel devices, although the good news is that according to Android Police, they are reporting that the feature is now rolling out to more Android and non-Pixel devices. It is unclear how widespread this is, but owners of the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are reporting that they have the feature now.

It has also been pointed out that these reports come from users on Chrome OS’s Beta and Dev channels, suggesting that this could simply be a test which explains why not all Android users are seeing the feature yet. However if and when it does roll out, there is no mention of which devices will be compatible so we’ll just have to wait and see.

It is a useful feature although setting up a hotspot manually isn’t particularly difficult either, so even if you don’t have the feature, it’ll just take you a couple of seconds to set it up.

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