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[Update: Official] Project Fi opens up to Samsung, OnePlus, and more devices, rebranded to Google Fi

Recently, Google has been paying more attention to Project Fi, their MVNO service. The app received a Material Theme makeover, a brand new "enhanced network" feature, and we saw evidence of a rebrand. Today, the big news has finally been unveiled (prematurely): Fi will work with devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and even Apple. One of...

Google is testing a Material Theme redesign of the Project Fi app

Google loves to experiment with a number of different types of products and services. Some of these end up falling by the wayside such as Google Wave, Google+, and Google Reader (RIP). Others tend to evolve into new versions of itself like the Nexus program turning into the Google Pixel series and parts of Inbox...

Google’s Project Fi adds an always-on VPN to its cell service

Google has announced a new "enhanced network" for Project Fi, their MVNO service that will soon be rebranded. The feature promises to add extra security and more reliable connectivity. They are accomplishing this with an always-on VPN. Project Fi actually already uses a VPN. That's how it switches between the 3 networks it uses while you're...

Project Fi will be rebranded to “Google Fi” according to unreleased pamphlet

Project Fi is one of Google's lesser known projects. It's an MVNO similar to Boost Mobile and Cricket, but unlike the others, it utilizes several carriers. Here in the U.S., that's mostly Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. According to a pamphlet that was apparently mistakenly included with a Pixel order, Project Fi is about to...

FYI: Google Pixel 3’s eSIM isn’t limited to Project Fi

Google was one of the first companies to provide eSIM in their phones with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Since then other companies such as Apple have added eSIM to their phones making it easy to have multiple SIM cards. This technology basically replaces the need for a physical SIM card by having...

Google Pixel 3 XL Clearly White model leaks in new pictures

Early last month, the first live photos of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL (code-named "crosshatch") were posted on the XDA-Developers forums. The pictures confirmed rumors such as the display notch, dual front-facing camera lenses, the sensor placement, a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage model, and the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. The pictures also showed off what...

First Snapdragon 845 Chromebook may support Project Fi and have UFS

The first Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebook, codenamed "Cheza," is becoming more enticing with each passing day. We've discovered it's likely one of the very few detachable Chromebooks (like the HP Chromebook X2), and that it will likely have a built-in stylus. Now we've discovered even more information about the device from the Chromium Gerrit. Not...

Exclusive: More real-life pictures of the Google Pixel 3 XL with a glass back & display notch

Late last night, XDA Senior Member meraz9000 blindsided us with real-life pictures of a Google Pixel 3 XL prototype. The pictures confirmed much of what was previously rumored—display notch, dual front-facing camera sensors, and sensor placement. The leak also revealed some previously unconfirmed, but largely unsurprising, information—there's a model with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage and it...

Pictures of possible Google Pixel 3 XL prototype with display notch leaks

Pictures of what's possibly a prototype of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL appeared on our very own Google Pixel 2 XL forums. XDA Senior Member meraz9000 posted two photos that show the device with—you know it—a display notch. He hasn't shared any information on how he obtained these pictures, so we can't verify their authenticity....

eSIM and Project Fi support coming to Chromebooks

Always-connected Chromebooks are back in business. A recent code-review on the Chromium Gerrit indicates that Project Fi and eSIM chips will be a feature for future Chrome OS devices.It's early days still. There aren't any current or announced products with eSIMS built-in, so this technology will likely have to wait for a new generation of Chrome...

Smart Reply in Android Messages rolling out to some non-Project Fi users

Google released Smart Reply for Android Messages in September of last year. Smart Reply is a predictive text feature, which currently works in apps like Allo, Gmail, Inbox and from now on, Android Messages too. Functionality gives you the ability to answer messages by selecting pre-written responses based on machine learning an AI. Unfortunately, until...

Project Fi now supports Google Family Link for children in group plans

Project Fi and Family Link are two services offered by Google that attempt to solve issues people deal with every day. Project Fi was launched as an experimental MVNO from Google that lets your phone switch between multiple carriers for one low price, while also offering a refund on the prepaid data that you don't...