Project ARA : Ultimate modular smartphones by Google
Did you see the featured image of this article? That is Google’s project ara phone, broken down into it’s components parts. We’ll be talking about that amazing innovation of Google in this article..
As you all know, Google has been developing a new modular smartphone that you can customise more than any other smartphone out there, for the past few years.
Google wants make modifying your smartphone as easy as rearranging Lego blocks. After series of fixes and starts Google is now promising that consumers will be able to buy the first Ara phone sometime next year.
Now hear this you will surely find it interesting , Think : What if you could just replace your phone’s camera instead of paying hundreds to upgrade to an entirely new device? Or what if you were able to add more powerful speakers to your phone when watching a movie or listening to Spotify? Some parts will be off-limits for swapping — the processor, for instance. But Ara phones will still allow for intriguing possibilities.
Rafa Camargo, the project lead at Google, told Gologle’s I/O developer conference the phone can even eject modules on its own.
‘OK Google, eject the camera.’ he said in a demonstration.
When the phone’s camera pops out of its socket, all by itself, the crowd erupts with applause.
The tech giant wrote on the website: ‘Project Ara is a new modular computing platform, allowing devices to be customized for style and function.
‘Choose your high-res camera, add a louder speaker, swap in a better battery. Imagine the possibilities. And we’re releasing a developer kit with device later this year.’
Developers interested in creating applications for the devices will get access to early versions of Ara, which provides a frame in which modules such as cameras, speakers, and sensors can be re-arranged by users like game pieces so as to customize handsets.
Google says on its website: ‘The Ara frame contains all the functionality of a smartphone plus six flexible slots for easy swapping.’
It explains that ‘Ara modules fit neatly into the frame, allowing for upgrades, innovation and style.’
Google says on its website: ‘Slide any Ara module into any slot and it just works. Powering this simplicity is Greybus, a new bit of software deep in the Android stack. Greybus supports instantaneous connections, power efficiency and data-transfer rates of up to 11.9 Gbps.’
Project Ara was moving ahead, came on the final day of Google’s annual developers conference in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California.
the first Ara prototype was unveiled early last year at World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Google expressed hope the approach would provide easier access to smartphones for people in developing countries.
The principle is simple: basic structures are designed to hold screen modules, batteries, cameras, sensors, 3G, Wi-fi or other components snapped into place with the help of magnets.
Cool thing is that if something breaks you don’t have to buy a whole new handset just go for that particular little slide or module to be precise. Well you have to be careful with those pieces. In my opinion some lousy keepers of phones like me would break or loose them somewhere :D.
In future people will be cursing like “hey! My phone’s camera is stolen!!” or “Maaaan! Someone took my phone’s new speaker”, in stead of complaining about robbery of the full smartphones lol!
Well the main thing is the price of this smartphone, right?
Pricing of Ara had yet to be revealed, but Google last year referred to an entry-level model with a production cost of $50. Plans to launch Ara in Puerto Rico last year were scrubbed.
Google would manufacture and sell the phone frame as well as modules created by individual manufacturers that can be added to it like Legos.
Modules would range from a screen to a camera to speakers to even a pedometer, depending on people’s needs.
Google says it’s too early to say how much the phone could cost, but it might be in the $50 to $100 range.
Watch this amazing introductory advertisement video on YouTube of Project Ara smartphones.
No matter what, It will have major influence on the whole smartphone market. Tell us what you think about it in the comments section below. Stay tech-updated with technstuff.in 🙂