The latest leaks about Google’s activities indicate that the company is considering the possibility of embedding an electronic SIM-card in ChromeOS. In this case, Google will be able to use its Project Fi service to provide cellular data to the Chromebook.
eSIM is a digital replacement for SIM cards that have been used around the world for many years. Instead of identifying the device based on a physical SIM card, the user device is registered via an electronic version of the card, built into the hardware.
As the portal XDA-Developers, Google is actively working to introduce this technology in Chrome OS. The project, codenamed “Hermes”, will be responsible for the delivery of messages between devices with eSIM chips and media servers. “Hermes”, too, will provide “seamless integration” with Project Fi, so that access to the network will be available simultaneously on different devices Chromebook.
According to rumors, Google began developing its own mobile operator Project Fi in 2013. Fi is a virtual operator, which is positioned as a fast and effective way of communication. While working on this project, Google collaborated with the largest mobile operators in the US, such as T-Mobile and Sprint.
Recall that Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, presented last fall, were one of the first smartphones that received support for eSIM. In this case, it should be noted that in some devices on the Chrome OS, there was an earlier possibility of cellular communication, for example, in the Chromebook Pixel there was an LTE-module. However, such a function was not widely used.