Most fans of Starbucks know about the free WiFi that the coffee company offers. It’s currently offered by AT&T and while it isn’t the fastest connection, it is reliable enough to get some work done. This morning Starbucks and Google announced that the search giant will be taking the reigns on the free WiFi for all stores based in the United States (sorry for all of you who live elsewhere).
Google claims the WiFi they will provide will be 10x faster and in some cases will be 100x faster (if it’s a location where Google Fiber is also available).
Last month Google and Starbucks announced a partnership that allows you to listen to Google Play Music All Access for free while connecting to WiFi at a Starbucks. This deal furthers that deal and will make All Access much faster than the current connection. It will be interesting to see what, if anything else, is down the road for the two companies.
Google-provided WiFi in Starbucks will begin in August and will rollout to all US-based Starbucks stores after that.
Source: Official Google Blog