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Google Fiber + TV announced, will it change how we use mobile devices?

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Google Fiber + TV announced, will it change how we use mobile devices?
Yesterday was a big day if you happen to live in Kansas City, as Google introduced Google Fiber + TV, their 1000MB/sec broadband internet service that also offers a monthly HD TV service that will compete with cable and satellite providers. While this in and of itself won’t have a direct impact on mobile users (e.g. there are no towers, so you can’t use them as a wireless network provider) the services being offered promise to increase the utility of smartphones and tablets within your household.

Perhaps the most obvious impact will be the ability of the TV service to drive the adoption of tablets even further; subscribers will get a Nexus 7 tablet included in their package, allowing the device to be used both as a remote and as a way to view TV (both live and recorded). Phone will also be able to act as either remote controls or as viewing devices. With the ability to store up to 500 hours of recorded content and simultaneously record (or stream) up to 8 1080p video streams at once, there will be little to stop every member of a household from consuming the content they want whenever they want it.

Whether Google Fiber + TV itself catches on, or even if it merely inspires other broadband carriers to up their game, it could transform the role that our phones and tablets play in our daily lives, and also make home automation via mobile devices (e.g. Android@Home) even more intuitive as we naturally get used to controlling everything from tablets and phones. It could also help make tablet computing even more ubiquitous, which would be an impressive feat, considering that tablet computers are currently on a trajectory to replace smartphones as the most rapidly adopted technology in history.

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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:01 25

1. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

Simply awsome,google best innovator of our generation!!!!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 18:59 9

35. MeoCao (unregistered)

This is so true, Apple, MS, Intel sit on mountains of money and don't know what to do with it.

Google has $50 billion in cash, so it this pilot project is successful Google can built a whole new internet network in North America and facilitate the same thing to happen else where too.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 19:29 5

36. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I hope this also leads to them being a wireless phone carrier. I would use this if the prices and selection is good.

I use Comcast cuz its the only choice in my immediate area, I think...lol. RCN has more channels, more HD channels. I might need to check out Verizon, but I think thats part of Dish network.

Satellite carriers dont have more channels than cable companies. The ones I checked, anyway.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 21:03 2

39. MeoCao (unregistered)

Right, with such speedy network the cost of wireless communication will come down big time. Instead of several hugely powerful but expensive radio towers you just need to build thousands of hotspots and deliver the service. And the phone bills will be just like the cost of using Skype now.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 19:35 2

37. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I wouldnt say best of our generation, but definitely one of the best. Especially looking at where they started..a simple search engine.

Well...maybe your generation is different than mine.lol I remember when MS OS's came on actual floppy disc...the soft kind. And their OS was spread across several discs.

I remember the MS/Apple cash infusion. I remember when XP was considered a disaster for MS. Now its one of their most stable OS's.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:02 11

2. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

wow just wow

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:03 7

3. THEOG (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Jul 2010)

I'm pretty lucky I live maybe 20 or so miles from kc. If I was one of the big cable companies I would be scared. Very scared. I mean. When you have a google giving you a GB a sec. for 70 bucks with no set up fee. And you have att comcast and all the others charging you 70 bucks for 20 megabits per sec. I'm ready for them to come in my area so I can switch..

So comcast and all the others stop over charging and upgrade your networks. Seems google did it in a year. You guys been at it for over 10 years and still no fiber to our houses?? Whats the deal?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:08

7. MeoCao (unregistered)

Why KC? Larry Page home town?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:09 4

8. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

It's because companies want you to think their internet is the fastest and only minor upgrade it every year on purpose to make more money. They have the technology to make things way faster, they just choose to roll it out year by year to bleed people dry.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:06 7

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

do you guys get the feeling sometimes that Google could rule the world by monopolizing the market?

google seems like a nice company but sometimes i just think of these stuff. Google has hardware, software, services, networking sites.
next thing we know, Google is a carrier then a restaurant. lol.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:13 8

9. MeoCao (unregistered)

In this case we can't blame Google but those companies that allow that to happen. Google is winning by innovating. It becomes bad only when a company tries to hold on to the monopoly by using anticompetitive practices just like MS, Intel or Apple.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:24 2

13. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Every restaurant is Taco Bell.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 15:40 1

32. matty1323 (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Bahahahaha, Demolition Man reference! Nice!

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 00:08

45. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Google is definitely putting itself into a bit of a dangerous situation by being in seemingly every market. Other than being a wireless carrier, they're basically in everything there is to do with technology that I can think of.

Even though Google does a lot, I can't think of many examples where they are abusive of their market power. Most of their services are free, and anything they are selling is priced competitively. (In the case of Fiber, "competitively" is an understatement.)

Anyway, this is an impressive offering. FiOS offers 300 Mbps for $200 a month, and somehow, Google offers over 3 times the speed for just over 1/3 the price. While I can't see Google building out anything near a nationwide fiber network, I hope that they can push the competition to offer better speeds at better prices.

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 04:47

46. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

i know. i would surely want Google to expand services to my country.

If by any chance Google abuses it's position, another company will rise up anyway, IMO. (cough* apple vs samsung cough*)

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:07 6

5. MeoCao (unregistered)

I love Google!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:08 7

6. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

This is awesome i hope this catches on

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:14 4

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:19

11. slickric620 (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Washington state is a long way from Kansas City :-(

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:23

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Pac NW? Pwetty Pwease???

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:39 2

14. McLTE (Posts: 822; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

What they forgot to mention is that included in your new Fiber+ plan is 2GB of data in the $70 a month plan.. beyond that it will cost $.15 per MB. :P

Seriously though.. this is GREAT! I just wish it was MPLS that was getting it!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:17 1

19. Raiders15 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)

There is no data cap on any plan according to the offical web page????

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:43 4

15. kindahipdude (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Google rocks

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:50 3

22. kindahipdude (Posts: 48; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

I should add that comcast sucks.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:03

16. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

Good thing I have been planning on moving to KC in the fall..

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:08 3

17. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Pretty Amazing. Hope this catches on and spreads everywhere. I'll drop my cable and internet provider in a flash for this Googleawesomeness!

I'm just thankfull I'm alive during this Google era.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:13

18. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)

That's 1000 Mb/sec, lower case b = bits, not to be confused with MB, uppercase B = bytes.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:21 1

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

yes, network speed is measured in Mbps..... also of you want the number in MBps you just have to divide to 8, that's around 125MBps, is still quite impressive when you note most people don't go above 1.3MBps

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:23

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

In fact I'm not even sure MB is used to calculate data speed

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:44 3

24. tedkord (Posts: 11691; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Yep. I have a really good Comcast cable internet setup at home, and I top out at about 1.5MB/s, best case. This would be awesome, and someone needs to break the cable company's monopolies.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:21

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

word, its sad to know they have this tech going on and do not use it....

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:39 1

28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its not just cable. its ATT and DSL as well. They got a frikkin lock down on my entire residential area. "they laid the wire so they get to dictate who can use it". And they wont allow comcast or anyone else to lay their own wire because they got some kind of long term lock down with the community board.

They wired the entire area fiber optic from head to toe when it was built 5-6 yrs ago.. that was even on of their sales points. I got fiber optics running all through my house. And do you know what they decided to stick us with?

1.5mb/s DSL.....

BRING IT ON GOOGLE. I hope they dominate in every area they enter and scare the living crap out of ALL current providers.
We invented the tech, we were one of the first countries to wire up. And we have one of the SLOWEST over all network speeds in the industrial world.. .while paying top dollar. Its a sham and a shame.

One of the ONLY new government programs I would get behind is a new national fiber optic network for everyone.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:42

47. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

125 MB/s? I only just barely break 4... I get 35 Mbps internet, and according to Speedtest my internet is better than 87% of Americans. But if I had 1,000 Mbps, I don't even know what I would do with those speeds. What would any of us do with that?

Or is that 1,000 Mbps just sort of a "theoretical" peak? Like how LTE can go up to 100 Mbps, but you only really see about 30-40 peaks.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:21

49. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Wait...you have Google fiber? I could say it could have a bumpy start depending on your zone, 1000Mbps is usually under "optimal circumstances" so you could get over 400 as a decent representative number of that amount, but 35 should not cut it, yeah is blazing fast but still needs to be better than that.... Maybe you are on a zone with not a good coverage or you have a defective unit and should call customer support

Some details about the experience would be nice

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 11:59

50. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

No no no, I was comparing it to what I have now, which is Comcast. I live in northern Florida, not Kansas or Missouri lol. Sorry for the misunderstanding, should have specified.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:37

23. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

I would get this unless Google provided internet package deal. But I hope this makes other companies step up , cable vision in particular. I'm so mad at them that iUsers are able to watch TV right of their devices and android doesn't get the same advantages

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:10

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Bring that s**t to Saint Louis and I'm sure I could get my friends to drop Uverse. Just make it at least slightly less expensive, and give us better customer service.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:19

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well you do get cable and FAST AS HELL internet connection for a couple of extra bux, you just need to move to Kansas, half Geek Hipster population is already moving, better start renting a house... got mine near a Starbucks :D

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:46

48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The 1 Gb internet plan is $70, while the 1 Gb internet + TV is $120.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:55

29. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

very nice. I like it and id try it if it were in St. Louis

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:55 1

30. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Link to the exact offers:

I like this one:
"The Full Google Experience
Experience the Internet like never before. Instant downloads.
Crystal clear HDTV. And endless possibilities.
Up to one gigabit upload & download speed • Full channel TV lineup • 2 year contract • No data caps
Nexus 7 tablet • TV Box • Storage Box • Network Box • 1TB Google Drive • $120/mo + taxes and fees

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 14:56 1

31. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

For what you are getting for 120 a month - 1TB of cloud - nexus 7 tablet, boxes - no setup fees - great deal.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 15:57 4

33. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

Buy more Androids, support Google. They will bring us to technological salvation.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 18:26

34. Aeires (unregistered)

Killer video for a killer service. Finally someone doing cable outside the box, offering services far above the spoon feeding we've been getting for decades.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 19:43

38. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

They already offered free Wifi on some airline a few years ago....might be still going on.

Whoever says Google doesnt innovate or is evil....just hate Google. I admit Apple is innovative....just not as innovative as some ppl make it.

Alot of companies are innovative, not just Apple. Some of us need to realize that.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 21:22

40. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Great work!!!

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 01:20 1

42. kew01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

Why no one mentions this part:

"Up to 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed • No data caps • Free service guaranteed for at least 7 years • Includes Network Box
$300 construction fee (one time or 12 monthly payments of $25) + taxes and fees"

Free internet and you only pay the install fee, in whole or monthly payments.

I know trolls may say "omg but it costs 300$$$$$!! how is that free?". Well, considering that workers need to feed their families and google is not a charity, you have to pay the fizical work.
And it's guaranteed for 7 years (at least) bound by contract. This seems a really good deal for the avarage Joe.

And it's showing internet providers that Google won't stand for the deceiving of the normal users, making them believe that the internet is really expensive and really hard to implement, when in reality is not.

I for one hope that, those avarage users will wake up and take a stand against those ISP's demaning better and fairer services.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 11:22

43. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

If satellite is still the same.....you have to pay for the boxes. And you rent boxes with cable companies....

Consider the $300 parts n labor....that you can split into 12 monthly payments.

STILL a good deal..lol.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 12:00

44. BSTManCMc (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

I currently have a Comcast internet package that gives me guarnteed 50 MBs and 20 MBs upload and it gives me on average 60 MBs on downloads. So I am pleased with Comcast but this sounds amazing, google is offering a package for free for 7 years tha rivals the $40 a month comcast internet package. INSANE!!!!

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