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Chromebooks could soon get UWB technology: Here's what that means for you

Chromebook may allow data transfer at speeds of up to 675Mbps as Google is testing ultra-wideband technology.

Edited By: Om Gupta

Published: Aug 20, 2023, 11:17 AM IST

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Story Highlights

  • Chromebook may get ultra-wideband technology in the near future.
  • Chromebook could enable faster and more accurate data transfer.
  • Chromebook uses Linux-based ChromeOS as its operating system.

Chromebook: Google is experimenting with a new wireless technology that could enable faster and more accurate data transfer and location tracking on Chromebooks. The technology is called ultra-wideband (UWB) and it is already used in some phones and tracker tags. UWB is a short-range wireless communication technology that can transfer data at speeds of up to 675Mbps and locate objects down to centimetres. It is energy-efficient, versatile, and cost-efficient. It has applications in keyless entry, automation, asset tracking, and more. According to Android Authority via Chrome Unboxed, Google is testing UWB on Chromebooks for various use cases. These include Chromebook-to-Chromebook connections, Chromebook-to-phone connections, and multi-user scenarios.

The UWB have been found in Chromium Gerrit, an open-source code collaboration tool where developers can review modifications on source code. The tests suggest that Google may be planning to introduce UWB in future Chromebooks. This could open up new possibilities for seamless and lag-free connections between devices. For example, a shared drive in a room could be accessed by multiple people without cables with UWB. Or an app could be mirrored on a Chromebook with zero lag.

However, the tests are still in the early stages and there is no guarantee that UWB will make it to the final product. Google has not officially announced or confirmed any plans to use UWB on Chromebooks. 

UWB is not a new technology, but it has gained more attention recently as more devices adopt it. For instance, the Pixel Watch 2 is rumoured to have a UWB module. 

Meanwhile, Google is reportedly working on a major overhaul of its camera app for the upcoming Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. The new interface will offer a separate switch for photo and video modes, a redesigned settings menu, and more prominent camera modes.

The new Google Camera app will move the settings icon from the top to the bottom-left corner of the screen, making it easier to access. The settings menu will also be opened by swiping up instead of down. The black strip at the bottom will now house a photo and video switcher, which will change the mode carousel above it accordingly.


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Author Name | Om Gupta


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