Chromebooks slowly but surely displaces Android-tablets, offering instead of a purely entertaining gadget, a universal solution for work and home. However, classic tablet computers, unlike devices running Chrome OS, are offered in versions with a SIM card slot and can access the Internet via 3G / 4G networks. Owners of the same Chromebooks are forced to remain tied to public access points distributing Wi-Fi, or turn their smartphones into them. Correct this situation called a project called “Hermes”.
In the programming code of Chromium, developers from XDA have found references to “Project Hermes” – an initiative, one of the components of which is the implementation of virtual SIM cards in the chrome book. This will provide an alternative to Wi-Fi connectivity and wireless communication between devices regardless of their current location.
Recall that eSIM is still quite a rare phenomenon in modern realities. Support for a virtual SIM card remains the prerogative of smartphones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as the tablet Apple iPad Pro. The emergence of eSIM in laptops with Chrome OS, according to experts, will be accompanied by a sharp increase in demand for chromebooks, as well as attract in this segment of new manufacturers.
Alas, at the moment, mention of eSIM in the Chromium code is the only available information, indicating the work in the designated direction. As soon as the possibility of using a virtual SIM in the Chromebooks will appear, the developers themselves have not yet specified it.