Google will roll out a VPN service for Android users in the US through the Google One app. The service will cover the entire activity of an Android device, so it won’t be app-specific. There are some concerns about user privacy, but Google is looking to clear them off with independent audits.
The Google One app on Android is about to get a VPN layer that will help users encrypt their online activity with a single tap. Google says this will work universally no matter what app or browser is used, so whatever the Android device streams, downloads, or sends as data packets over the internet will be encrypted. As it’s typical for a VPN (virtual private network) service, the user’s real IP address will be masked, and there will be no tracking from third-parties.
Google promises amazing performance, which is always an element to watch out for in VPN services. The tech giant operates a network infrastructure of a size and technical sophistication that can support any claim they make on that part, so this is not something that we wouldn’t expect from them.
The main issue with a VPN service by Google is the user’s privacy. Google is the largest and most powerful advertising company in the world, operating a massive network of data collection and exchange, so trusting them isn’t exactly easy. Google specifically says they will never track, log, or sell people’s browsing activity and that the VPN servers will feature in-built security that will prevent correlations between online activity and identity.
Additionally, Google has open-sourced the libraries used for the VPN client and promised to pass its end-to-end systems through independent auditing in 2021. This will lift any fog of doubt about the privacy and security of the VPN by Google One.
It is important to point out that the whitepaper of the product does mention some “minimal” data logging action.
VPN by Google One will become available on the Android platform and for US-based users only in the coming weeks.
The cost for a Google One plan that includes the VPN for Android was set to $9.99 per month or $99.99 / year. This tier also includes 2 TB of storage across Gmail, Drive, and Photos, and an option to add your family.
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