Use iPhone on Project Fi

Thanks to Project Fi, I can use my iPhone alongside Nexus 6 for calls and texts!

 

If you don’t know what Project Fi is, this is an attempt of Google to do something unprecedented in mobile industry. That is being Simple, Cheap and yet give double the network coverage. Yes, Project Fi is a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) network that runs on T-Mobile and Sprint networks. Two is better than one right? Yes, as long as Google can make it to work! But that is not the point of discussion here.

 

With Project Fi, your Google Voice number gets merged with your phone number. That means if you use Google Hangouts to call a US number (from US), the calls are not just free, but also will go as if you are dialing from your phone number. Ok, how about the incoming calls? Hangouts have ability to receive incoming calls too! Where does all of this leaves us? Though Project Fi SIM is supported officially only in Nexus 6, I can afford to leave my Nexus 6 home. I can carry a different device, why not an iPhone, install Hangouts for all your calls and texts. Only drawback is you will be heavily relying on the data network. Don’t expect clear and smooth calls unless there is 3G / 4G LTE or WiFi.

 

Project Fi has many advertised features including double network coverage, seamless network to network transitions including WiFi, automatic connections to public WiFi through Google VPN, refund for unused data etc. But the ability to use any phone (or even any browser as long as you can get to Google Hangouts) as your phone is amazing to say the least. And better than any other google experiments, this works great as well!

 

Well, yes, I am not using iPhone “on” Project Fi network. But I am running my iPhone “on” the Project Fi number!

 

Now that is how I am rocking an iPhone alongside my Nexus 6!
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Pointly Location Sharing for iOS now available!

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The iOS version of my Pointly app is now available in the Apple App Store!

Things to note:

  • iOS version does not work all seamless like the Android version, because of iOS security restrictions.
  • When you want to find someone else’s location, you will be prompted to click send to the pre-set text message. This automatically happens behind the scene in Android. (Same case when you want to push your location to someone else)
  • When you receive the location from someone, you need to open the text message and open the location URL manually (same iOS restriction). This automatically happens in Android.

But all the differentiating features are there as in Android:

  • No cloud data means no worry of someone spying you.
  • No tracking.
  • No background process.
  • No battery hog.
  • All location sharing purely on-demand!

Try the Android version (of course if you have a device), to see the full potential of the app. The iOS version is meant to be a supporter to play along with iPhone users.

Google Now: Location based Reminders

In today’s smartphones there are so many ways of setting yourself some useful reminders. The voice assistants do a good job there in this space.

All these reminders are time based. What if you want to be reminded based on an interested location? Like when you go home, or go to work or even as abstract as going to your favorite grocery store? Google Now fills this gap for Android. Look at the examples below and you will see what I am talking about.

These location aware reminders DOES NOT use GPS and hence does not drain your battery. But this creates problem that these won’t be 100% accurate. I have seen these working perfectly most of the times. But when they are off, either I won’t get a timely reminder when I am at the interested location, or sometimes overly proactive reminders when I am just driving by and not exactly at the location.

Anyway, it is worth trying out. Couldn’t try this for iOS. So my iOS friends let me know if it works.

Tip: If you don’t talk in your device’s default English Accent (US or UK based on the country), change to the right English accent under Google Now Voice settings. English India works perfect for me. This setting alone will change the way you interact (or talk) to your device.