Over the past couple of days, someone discovered the Google Home and Chromecast devices were slowing down Wifi networks. Not only were they slowing down Wifi networks but in some cases causing network outages. The problem was pinned down to a bug in the Cast software where Android phones may incorrectly send large amounts of network traffic. The traffic would slow down the network and sometimes cause outages. The impact of the bug depended on the router.
Basically, if you own a Chromecast enabled device and Android phone you may have experienced the bug. Google acknowledged the problem as a known issue.
Google is working quickly and rolling the update out to Android phones. The bug patch will come through Play services with most devices getting the update on Thursday, Jan 18th.
Google issued a fix for the Chromecast bug on Android phones
On Reddit and other forums, users reported experiencing Wifi problems. No one pointed to Chromecast until a couple of days ago. Now it's clear the Android Chromecast Wifi bug was a more significant problem than most expected. Google only became aware of the issue on Jan 15th. Now a couple days later on Jan 19th, a bug fix is already out. Whichever way you cut it, Google realized this was a severe problem and jumped right on it.
The routers affected by the bug included TP-Link, ASUS
, Linksys, Netgear, and Synology. Even if the router you had is not one of the brands, it could have been affected. A slow network isn't a fun experience for anyone. Now that the fix is out, everyone should have the ability to binge watch all the Netflix they want this weekend.
You can download the Play Service update 11.9.74 beta from APKMirror
if you're worried about not getting the update yet. Let us know what you think about the bug and how Google patched it so quickly!