Google Project Fi, @gmail.com Only

The “network of networks” approach of Google Project Fi is an interesting move. I like the idea of being able to leverage multiple networks, in this case Sprint, T-Mobile, and wifi connections.

Any chance Google Fiber cities will see Google wifi access points that specifically target Project Fi users?

I clicked on “request invite”, which provided this disappointing response:

google-fi-gmail

For now, Project Fi is available only for accounts with an @gmail.com address

Just in case you weren’t sure that non-@gmail.com accounts are second class Google citizens.

Combine this with the pain Slack is having with multiple user accounts and I wonder if user management is the next level up on scaling challenges.

Google PageSpeed Insights: Chrome 27 and iOS 6 Safari

I’ve been using Google PageSpeed Insights quite a bit recently. There isn’t much information on how exactly the tests are run, which can make it hard to reproduce the results. Then I noticed the user agent strings coming from PageSpeed Insights ( emphasis mine ):

Desktop

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko; Google Page Speed Insights) Chrome/27.0.1453 Safari/537.36

Mobile

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko; Google Page Speed Insights) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A525 Safari/8536.25

The only difference between these and normal user agent strings is the ; Google Page Speed Insights.

If these user agent strings are what they claim to be, the Insight desktop is using Chrome 27 released in May 2013 and Insight mobile is using Safari from iOS 6 released in Nov 2012.

This explains some of the inconsistency I noticed in comparing PageSpeed Insights results with Chrome mobile device emulation.

GMT vs UTC

Some times Google will try to just tell you the answer to your search query. For example, GMT vs. UTC, includes this at the top of the results page:

gmt-vs-utc-google

My understanding is that there is a small difference, fraction of a second. For my non-computing needs that difference is small enough to not matter.