Google’s been inching towards a phone service for awhile now.
Google’s Phone Company
March 2nd 2015 Google confirmed that they would be entering the phone market with a “project Nexus for carriers” of sorts. The idea is that Google uses the Nexus phone line as a standard that Android can use to model by. So project Fi, as reported by Android Police, or previously code named Project Nova would be the example for carriers.
This is a great idea on Google’s part. As they’ve done with Fiber, Google is offering a service that is modeled in a way that doesn’t take advantage of the consumer and provides it’s services more closely tailored to the user experience. Fiber has created a ripple of unease for major cable companies by giving people what they actually want.
The unofficial Nexus 6 firmwire image leaked an unfinished version of Project Fi. The name of the app leaked is called Tycho. As you’ve probably noticed by now, Google tends to use multiple code names before launch, but if all of this means anything, it’s likely to suspect that “Nova” refers to the phone service, and “Fi” could be a reference to Fiber.
The APK(application image) was given a teardown by Android Police and inside they found menus to pay your phone bill, evidence of a monthly plan focused on paying per gigabyte of data and even the logo:
In other news, it seems Google doesn’t have enough under it’s belt with how much they have their hands in. Which makes sense when you consider that they named the company based on the idea that they could provide a googol of possibilities(googol is 10x more than a million.). Nonetheless they are working on a new battery possibility on top of everything else.
Google’s New Solid State Battery
Google’s X Labs has openly stated that they’re in works of creating multiple solid state batteries for products such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj is leading the project in hopes of outdating Lithium batteries we currently use and replacing them with advanced, much longer lasting solid state ones.
They’ve been studying batteries and brainstorming ideas since early 2012. Google aims to use their new battery on projects that require a long lasting battery life such as their SelfDriving Cars and Google Glass. They even need batteries for their nanoparticle project intended to detect diseases.
Not only would they be longer lasting, but safer to use. Using solid electrodes could mean that they would be able to be placed in people’s bodies for medical reasons, such as implants. They would also be less likely to explode or overheat.
Apple, IBM and Tesla have all attempted to increase the battery’s performance but only improved it mildly.
Google enters two new markets with already promising details and we should be excited to see what comes from it.