Google ‘Nova’ Rumors Suggest the Tech Giant Could Become New Wireless Carrier This Year

Google mobile carrier

Recent reports have surfaced that suggest Google is well on its way to becoming a major mobile carrier and even further expanding its reach into the telecommunications market.

Google is one tech giant that has done it all over the years, including helping consumers find answers to the embarrassing questions they didn’t want to ask their friends, taking over the largest video-sharing platform to help spread the joy of cat videos through YouTube, making geology class a little more bearable with Google Earth and challenging discussions of privacy in America with the development of Google Glass.

With self-driving cars and futuristic glucose-level tracking contact lenses also in development, Google has always been the tech giant with amazing tricks up its sleeve.

Now, Google is allegedly preparing for a mobile carrier takeover.

According to a report by The Information, Google could soon be selling mobile phone plans directly to consumers thanks to project “Nova,” which is supposed to be headed by Nick Fox, the vice president of product development at Google.

The report claims that Google will essentially be teaming up with Sprint and T-Mobile in order to bring “Nova” to life and become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

The plan, allegedly, is for Google to buy space on Sprint and T-Mobile airwaves and then sell its own packages directly to consumers.

It’s essentially the same business model behind other MVNOs like Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk. The difference here, however, is that “Nova” would be taking advantage of two mobile carriers’ airwaves as opposed to the one that most MVNOs have access to.

In other words, the idea itself is not revolutionary by any stretch of the imagination, but it is certainly a big move on Google’s behalf.

Other reports also hinted that Google, in its true innovative fashion, is developing new communication apps to work on the Nova network.

If the rumors are true, Google is on schedule to launch the new services later this year.

We Could Be Close to Building Our Own Phones Thanks to Google’s New Customizable Project Ara

Google brings Phonebloks to life

After years of tech companies guessing what consumers wanted in the next generation of cellphones, Google is currently testing a completely customizable modular phone that will put more power in the hands of the consumer.

Today’s intense battle of the cellphones is all about which phones boast the features that mean the most to the most consumers, but what if each person was able to select their own unique set of features that they truly wanted in their personalized cellphones?

It’s a concept that has been pitched in the past with ideas like Phonebloks, but Google is bringing the modular “build your own” phone concept to life.

The tech giant is launching a pilot test of the customizable smartphone in Puerto Rico and has deemed the new venture the Project Ara smartphone.

What this does is allow consumers to create a phone personalized to their own intentions for the device.

A lover of photography can swap out space for a larger camera lens.

A music lover can incorporate larger speakers.

The health-obsessed can add pollution sensors and heart rate monitors.

Those who are still overwhelmed by new technology but have finally grown tired of flipping their phones open can create a much simpler, cleaner device that will bring them into the new age without bringing them out of their comfort zone.

That’s the theory of the modular phones, but only time will tell how plausible it will be on a larger scale.

For now, consumers in Puerto Rico can buy up to 30 modules and start customizing their new phones.

It’s a project that could allow other mobile devices to edge ahead of the iPhone in consumers’ eyes.

For now, the only version of the modular phone will run on the Android system.

There is no word yet on how soon the phones could finally hit the market if the trial run goes well.