Google has rolled out a new Android app called “Private Hotspot” that allows Android users to host private, encrypted hotspots on their Android devices.
The app has been live on Google Play since early January, and Google says it is available for “most” devices that are running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Android.
Users can create their private hotspot by going to Settings > Security > Personal Hotspot, and then select Private, which allows them to create a new private, anonymous hotspot with their own password.
It also allows them a way to hide their IP address and location, so if they’re out and about, they won’t be detected.
It’s not clear how many devices are supported by the app, but Google said in a statement that “many of the devices we tested were running Android 5.1.1.”
The company says it’s currently working on a fix for the issue, which it says was caused by a bug in Android’s network settings, but it has not released a new version of the app since.
It said the fix will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Google did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment on the update.