A long time ago, when Google’s partners had just started releasing Chromebooks, a bunch of them had LTE support. You could pop in a SIM card and use the Chromebook anywhere. This helped because you couldn’t do much with a Chromebook those days without internet. Now that WiFi is available almost everywhere, and Chromebooks are not so bad in offline scenarios, we no longer hear about Chromebooks with SIM card slots.
Or so we thought.
Chrome OS Tablets Need SIM Card Slots Right?
Hermes is the codename for the project of implementing eSIM support for Chrome OS. Hermes will be responsible for delivering messages between devices with eSIM chips and carrier servers through profile downloads as well as service discovery for new carriers.
Project Fi supports the standard and the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL ships with an eSIM. So, this time around, Google has better chances of making Chromebooks with SIM cards popular.
Then there are Chrome OS tablets.
You see, SIM cards on laptops are not very fashionable. However, tablets, (or should I just say iPads) have WiFi and LTE models. This is a standard practice. I don’t know how popular LTE equipped iPads are, but I am assuming they are successful because Apple has been consistently releasing newer versions of iPads with it. They haven’t called iPads with LTE a hobby like Apple TV either.
We have seen only one proper Chrome OS tablet. Ideally, there should be more of them coming out way in coming months (and hopefully) years. We should consider this eSIM support an effort from Google to prepare the road for Chrome OS tablet ecosystem.
That’s what I like to believe. What about you?