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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: 6019; 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: 6019; 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: 40; 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: 2246; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Pac NW? Pwetty Pwease???

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:39 2

14. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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: 55; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Google rocks

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 12:50 3

22. kindahipdude (Posts: 55; 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: 14228; 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.

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