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Telecom companies, their suppliers, and politicians are putting 5G in the news
There have been a lot of news stories about 5G, a new mobile wireless standard. The theme many of these suspiciously similar articles is that 5G is going to transform everything. I'll tell you what to expect in reality, and what is wishful thinking on the part of the telecom industry, and why telecom service providers and equipment makers are hyping fantasies.
5G is a better radio
5G means better mobile devices and a better mobile network. There are three main reasons 5G is better: 5G introduces a new radio technology that makes more efficient use of radio spectrumThe network behind those radios will be faster and have lower latency5G enables using more of the radio spectrum
There are many factors in the increased sophistication in 5G radios. These are the most important: Encod…
At Google I/O 2016, Google announced two new messaging products: Allo, for text messaging, and Duo, for video communications. These are the most recent in a series of messaging products Google has created, none of which have succeeded in attracting a really large user community the way that other messaging products have done. Google doesn't release figures for monthly active users of Hangouts, while WhatsApp has a billion users, Facebook Messenger and QQ have 850 million, and WeChat has about 700 million. The stakes in messaging are very high, and, so far, Google is an also-ran.
In 2015, it looked like Google might go in a different direction, perhaps acting as a spoiler for proprietary messaging apps that don't interoperate and don't use carrier protocols like SMS and MMS. Google bought a company called Jibe that makes next-generation messaging servers for standard telecom protocols called Rich Communications Services, or RCS. If Google based a messaging system on RCS it w…
The last of my Android tablets, a Nexus made by LG, died over a year ago. It had stopped being updated years before that. This is why I had not bought a replacement: I don't like Samsung's Android extensions and bloatware, and how that delays updatesI won't buy a cheap tablet with an out of date version of AndroidThe Pixel Slate is a software platypus, part Chromebook, part Android tablet, and expensiveI don't use Alexa, and I don't like the lack of Google Play Services on Amazon Fire tablets
Except for Samsung, Google has done a terrible job cultivating tablet manufacturers to make good Android tablets at good prices. Amazon Fire tablets, which are great for consuming Amazon media content, don't run a lot of apps I use. The choice has been between Samsung, or cheap and underpowered tablets running versions of Android that are obsolete right out of the box, and never updated thereafter.
Recently, I was listening to a tech news podcast and heard, in passing, abo…