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.

source: Google



1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

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.

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 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.

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.

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 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.

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

wow just wow


Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 12, 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?

7. MeoCao unregistered

Why KC? Larry Page home town?

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

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.

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Every restaurant is Taco Bell.

32. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Bahahahaha, Demolition Man reference! Nice!

45. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

46. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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*)

5. MeoCao unregistered

I love Google!

6. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

This is awesome i hope this catches on

10. wendygarett unregistered


11. slickric620

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Pac NW? Pwetty Pwease???

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

19. Raiders15

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

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

15. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Google rocks

22. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I should add that comcast sucks.

16. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

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

17. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

18. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

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

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

24. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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