Android 4.3’s New ‘Always-On’ Wi-Fi Feature Buried in Settings

David Murphy

It might be a bit much to say that one of the new features packed into Android’s 4.3 upgrade is controversial, but it’s definitely one worth knowing a little bit more about. As those who have taken a spin around the Android 4.3 ROM have noticed, Google has made a change to devices’ Wi-Fi settings in Android 4.3.

“To improve location accuracy and for other purposes, Google and other apps may scan for nearby networks, even when Wi-Fi is off,” describes Google.

Android Police’s Ron Amadeo notes that the move is actually probably designed to save one’s battery life instead of wasting it, given that the only other way for one’s smartphone to discern one’s location is to kick on the battery-draining GPS. However, he also calls out Google’s interesting use of language in its disclaimer – specifically, the “other purposes” bit.

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