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Google to fix Wi-Fi-slaying Chromecast bug on Thursday

An Android update should keep your home network from succumbing to potentially crippling data bursts.

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

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Google plans to update Android phones on Thursday so an interaction with Chromecast video-streaming devices and Google Home smart speakers won't whack your Wi-Fi.

Google acknowledged the problem in a customer support post and said the update to Android's Google Play Services software will arrive Thursday to fix it.

"In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks," Google said of the problem. "People with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device (such as a Chromecast or Google Home device) on the same Wi-Fi network may experience this issue."

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