A new Google patent has appeared describing a new technology called “connected flight mode,” which is like an automatic airplane mode. The patent claims it can optimize network connections and device operations while on an airplane.
These are some of the key features of Google’s connected flight mode:
- It can be automatically activated by a portable computing device based on one or more triggering factors.
- It can modify the normal operation of one or more wireless connections or applications.
- It can enhance network use among multiple users of limited inflight network resources.
- It can improve battery usage on portable computing devices.
Google’s Connected Flight Mode: How does it work?
Google’s connected flight mode, according to the patent, can be automatically activated by a portable computing device based on one or more triggering factors, such as environmental factors, radio-frequency signal factors, or contextual factors. When the mode is activated, the device may modify the normal operation of one or more wireless connections or applications.
For example, the device may terminate the cellular connection mode while allowing the second wireless connection mode to remain activated. The connected flight mode can enhance network use among multiple users of limited inflight network resources and improve battery usage on portable computing devices.
This mode is still under development, but it can potentially be a valuable tool for travelers. It could help to reduce congestion on inflight Wi-Fi networks and could also help to improve battery life on portable computing devices.
Is there any Automatic Airplane Mode on iPhone?
There’s no automatic airplane mode on iPhone yet, but there are a few alternatives.
- Siri suggestion through Calendar: When you mark a flight on your Calendar app, Siri suggests switching your phone to Airplane Mode.
- Create a shortcut. You can create a shortcut enabling airplane mode when you run it. To do this, open the Shortcuts app and tap the + button. Then, select “Add Action” and search for “Airplane Mode.” Tap “Enable Airplane Mode” and then tap “Add.” Once you’ve created the shortcut, you can run it by tapping on it or by saying, “Hey Siri, run my airplane mode shortcut.”
- Use location-based automation. You can create a location-based automation that will enable airplane mode when you arrive at the airport and disable it when you leave. To do this, open the Shortcuts app and tap the Automation tab. Then, tap the + button and select “Create Personal Automation.” Select “Location” and then tap “Enter a location.” Enter the address of the airport and then tap “Next.” Select “Enable Airplane Mode” and then tap “Next.” Tap “Done” to create the automation.
What do you think about the connected flight mode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.