The Google takeover
Some time ago someone told me they thought the Internet should be a free service, much like radio or some television stations. I thought though the idea was a somewhat good one, it would be close to impossible, or we would have to endure a multitude of unsolicited advertisements as we currently do on the other free media.
But it seems that someone somewhere had a similar idea, and with all their mass power, Google has decided they will start to offer free 5MB ADSL via their new fibre network in Kansas City, US. That’s not all the search engine super power is about to put on the market. Look out for Gigabit Internet at US $7 a month and TV and Internet at US $120. Note though that the free 5MB Internet does come with what is called a “construction fee” of US $300, which can paid up front of $25 a month for one year.
And it gets better, to further take over more of your live, Google is giving you a new Android tablet, the Nexus 7, this also doubles as your remote control and also allows you to seamlessly watch on your tablet in other rooms of your house.
The additional perks for signing up are also very attractive. What is being dubbed “The Full Google Experience” is not just up to one gigabit upload and download speed, but also includes full channel TV lineup of over 150 channels, no data caps, and extra storage box for recording your favourite TV shows, the Nexus 7 tablet and one TB Google Drive.
And to get an even better online experience with your new blasting fast Internet, Google has released the Chromebooks (Samsung Series 5 / Series 5 550, and Acer AC700) and Chromebox (also by Samsung) which carry Google’s Cloud base OS, Chrome OS. The Chromebooks boost up to six hours of battery life and are extremely light weight.
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 even comes with 12 free sessions with Gogo Inflight Internet, allowing you to connect on Gogo-enabled flights. These “always new” PCs aren’t the most powerful out there but will easily handle anything thrown at them by the average casual user. They also offer over 1,000 apps from Amazon’s app store, and starting at only $299 and $329 respectively they are also a great deal.
Chrome OS also offers free updates and built-in antivirus protection, and very limited blot so it is very fast. The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Google Chrome web browser. Since Google Chrome OS is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Web, the only application on the device by default is a browser incorporating a media player and a file manager.
At first Chrome OS was initially intended for secondary devices like netbooks, not as a user’s primary PC, but with so many other software packages also looking to the cloud (Windows 2013) maybe in time this will be the way of the future — simpler cloud based computing.
Fewer overheads on the OS will mean it wouldn’t slow down over time, which will also require less power. This equates to lighter more stylish PCs with much longer battery life.
I said it once before and I will say it again, Google seems to be in a bid to take over the world, and it seems they are doing a pretty good job at it.