Friday in CE: Hands-On With Google Fuchsia OS, Amazon to Raise Monthly Prime Membership
As of now, Google has two operating systems on the market. Android OS for phones, Chrome OS for Chromebooks. Then again, Google only had one communication app in 2009 and now it has 11 different ways to communicate the same message, and countless others that have fallen by the wayside.
It sounds messy but the apps go through a sort early century Roman gladiator style deathmatch and the consumers are the Emporer ready to decide if it lives or dies.
But we digress. Joining it's two successful cousins, Google will be launching Fuchsia "OS" - a term we use loosely - with no particular hurry. Fuchsia, which sort of sounds like fusion, aims to bring a cohesive OS that can switch between desktops, laptops, and smartphones. The entire platform scales and moves and breathes information that can be picked up or left at any of your peripherals.
The timeline so far has been leisurely for Google. In the beginning, the only supported device was Intel's NUCPCs from 2015 and the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop. In early 2017, it was more of an app.
But now, Google has made the new Pixelbook a supported device and people are finally able to play around with it. The review from ARStechnica shows that it is still in a very infantile stage but that doesn't mean it isn't promising. Foundational elements like proper scaling and UI organization are showing up and the workflow makes a lot of sense.
There is absolutely no way this version looks like a polished release but it is positive progress for a new way of thinking about operating systems.
While it is frustrating to see one of the richest companies in the world hike prices for a membership, the important distinction here is that this is a change only for month-to-month subscriptions.
On the other hand, that $2 bump means customers pay $156 a month instead of $132. The $99 annual rate remains unchanged. That also means students pay $6.49, a dollar bump over the old $5.49.
The increase comes less than two years after Amazon first introduced the monthly payment option as a way to attract new Prime members who either couldn’t afford the annual membership of $99, which is not increasing or didn’t want to commit to using the service continuously.
“Prime provides an unparalleled combination of shipping, shopping, and entertainment benefits, and we continue to invest in making Prime even more valuable for our members,” the company said in a statement. “The number of items eligible for unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping increased in recent years from 20 million to more than 100 million items. We have expanded Prime Free Same-Day and Prime Free One-Day delivery to more than 8,000 cities and towns. We also continue to introduce new, popular and award-winning Prime Originals...Members also enjoy a growing list of unique benefits like Prime Music, Prime Reading, exclusive products and much more.”
Apparently, Amazon is having a tough time keeping up with the plethora of extra offerings I didn't want and still don't use.
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