Google - the heart of the internet - is more than just a software company. It is an ecosystem of services. Google has tried everything from driverless cars to an operating system for the masses. Today though, Google spends a lot of time helping grow internet access, and helping netizens access fast, reliable internet.
If Google Fiber was cool, Project Fi takes it to a new level. Google has done something many wouldn’t even think of. Now, Google is not only an Internet Service Provider, but it is a cellular network provider as well! Fi is a revolution in the cellular business that is still a monopoly of top network providers. Now everyone* can use Wifi, 4G and 3G at its best - for every tower is Google’s tower...
Google Fi is interesting because instead of relying on new network towers, it relies on existing ones. Fi is equivalent to having a SIM and connecting to a network, just that the network can be of almost any provider, as well as signal from high speed Wifi hotspots. Still didn’t understand? Imagine you are on a phone call walking through a shopping street. Instead of using data from a network tower, your phone will connect to the Wifi hotspots from the shops around you as you walking by. When you leave the market and start walking home, the network automatically switches to normal 4G LTE. And as you enter your home, your phone connects to your home Wifi network. Remember, all through the journey you were on the same phone call, that neither dropped nor lagged due to the transitions between networks. Fi trained your phone to connect to the best possible internet at any location and transitioned between them so seamlessly that your call never dropped.
Sounds awesome? It is. *For now, the only phone that works with this system is the Nexus 6 (because of special hardware), however, hopefully it will come to other devices soon.
Google is selling this at a very affordable $20 base price and $10 per extra GB. Guess what! This service does exist in India, though you’ll have to do with 3G (and have a Nexus 6). And the service is invite only, but you can ask for an invite on the Fi’s website linked blow.
All this sounds great, but what's the revolution? The revolution is that, rather than owning signal towers, telecom providers can share infrastructure to provide a better experience of the customer. Maybe only Google had the power and the finances to achieve this, but seriously, we pay to be connected, and we deserve it.
For now, most of us have to hope that Google spreads Fi as far and wide as possible, with more devices supported. It is already a big step and I expect it get bigger soon!
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