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Lilliputing is reporting that 4G carrier Clear will be rolling out 4G WiMAX service to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles before the end of 2010. WiMAX will be available to customers in New York November 1st, with San Francisco and Los Angeles getting it sometime in December.
You can read the Clear press release here. The service is operated through Clearwire infrastructure, but Sprint and Time Warner will also offer branded services, likely as add-ons for their customers’ respective services.
Chrome OS and cloud computing overall will need to have always-on broadband internet services to work as designed and it appears that wireless operators are continuing to rollout fast services to accommodate for this. At this point, it appears that Clear is ahead of the pack in the United States.
Looking for 4G WiMAX service but don’t want to get stuck in a one or two year deal? Clearwire, which offers 4G service both on its own and as a part of a deal with Sprint, is now offering unlimited 4G service for $5 a day, $20 per week $50 a month.
Verizon offers a 5GB 3G plan for $59.99. It requires you to sign an agreement that has a penalty fee should you decide to opt out.
Clear is offering two devices to offer the service, the $99.99 Rover USB Stick and the $149.99 Rover puck, which allows for up to eight devices to connect up to it. Download speeds for 4G range between 3Mps to 6Mps, but neither of these devices support 3G so you better make sure you have 4G coverage wherever you plan on using this service; the current coverage for 4G is spotty yet should get better.
We’re interested in Clear because they offer the best solution for WiMAX, which is something that could make the experience of Chrome OS devices much better since applications are going to be web-driven. 4G is going to offer better bandwidth capabilities, so there may be an interesting battle brewing between wireless carriers to offer Chrome OS tablets/netbooks.
Chrome OS on the Verizon network? We would have speculated this even prior to TechCrunch reporting that some 3G UI testing is being done in Chromium OS that makes reference to Verizon in some of the documentation. Under Issue 3900 UI for 3G Connectivity which requires provisioning, connection management, usage management, billing & payments and cancellation we can see that the wireless company is referenced.
Last week, Google and Verizon jointly release an “agreement” on net neutrality. That’s quoted because the FCC may want to have a say on these matters as well. This is in addition to the fact that Verizon has seen a good amount of success with the Android platform. Remember, prior to having Google’s smartphone operating systemVerizon had been hawking crappy Windows phones that made time stand still they took so long to use.
But come on, 3G? I guess that means no 4G for Chrome OS this year. Verizon and AT&T are testing it, while Sprint and Clear have it available in select markets right now. Regardless, in order for Chrome OS to work, it’s got to be able to be consistenly connected, and that’s going to require the help of wireless carriers.
AndroidandMe is reporting on a quarterly conference call with wireless operator Clearwire, commonly marketed as simply “Clear” on their products. The company has been hard at work spending billions building out new 4G wireless infrastructure, and while the company is using the less popular WiMax technology, they are currently testing LTE (Long Term Evolution) as well.
What’s significant about the LTE tests is that Clear is boasting that the service can provide 20-70 Mb/s service. That’s a ridiculous number to put out there, but very, very good for cloud computing.
I’ve dropped the name Clear in the past as one company that sees the future of data transmission as something that we as users should never have to worry about. The fact remains that one of the top smartphones right now, the Android based-EVO X, uses Clear’s 4G service that Sprint has contracted out from them. Clear is also planning on bringing phones to market under their service as well.
So don’t be surprised if that Chrome OS netbook/tablet is sold by Sprint or Clear. Just make sure that 4G service is available in your area since it is not as widespread as we would hope for as of right now.
News out today that the adoption of Android is up over a staggering 886% from last year is leading me to wonder: what place will cloud devices that run Chrome OS have in a future world where a smartphone operating system is so prevalent? Can Chrome OS and Android work together, or are they rivals being pitted against each other by a single company?
Phones and tablets that run Android are remote devices, something that, in theory can be put into your pocket and taken anywhere.
We’ve seen in a demo how Android will work with Google TV – it can be used as a remote device that can control the set-top box controlling your television. Remember that while Google TV will run Android, it will also have the Chrome browser as the main application running video. Here is an example filmed by Phandroid on how this will work.
While this demo shows an iPhone, it’s clear that an Android phone will be able to do much more based on the open standards between devices such as the Chrome to Phone cloud platform.
Cloud versus Phone
People are still going to need devices that are bigger than what Android can provide, plus being able to offer a cloud interface where the web is a platform that everyone can develop on. Witness some of the games like Asteroid and collaborative drawing tools that are being made for the browser totally free for people to use in Chrome Experiments, a website that I admit I promote often here because of the potential it holds.
I’m fully convinced that Android can offer a cloud experience like Chrome OS can; there has to be a division between screens that are small and those that are larger. Perhaps Android running Chrome browser could bridge the gap, but that really goes against the convention of cloud computing at this point.
So where will these two operating systems fit in with each other? Perhaps it is best to think of Chrome OS as an experimental platform whereby the browser is all there is: a starting point, if you wish, on the future of computing.
Sergey Brin has already come out and said that webapps will replace native ones, but technological progress in speedy broadband technology is going to be required. Companies such as Clear, which is spending billions on a 4G rollout that Sprint is utilizing, will probably have a major role in this space as 2010 continues onward towards the holiday season.