Much Awaited: Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone slated for 2015
It has been just four months since we had a sneak peak at Motorola’s Project Ara modular smartphone, and now that Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo except for the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, speaks volumes about the project itself. And going by Google’s keenness to gobble up everything that has to do with the future of technology, it is no surprise that project Ara is the last thing they would want to give up. Looking to revamp the whole concept of what a smartphone should be, Project Ara has something more to offer to the geeky masses than other products currently in the market.
Project Ara team is hard at work to create a Grayphone shell device that would cost just $50 and thereafter the users can stuff in the hardware they want in their phone. The base model of Grayphone will have a customizable exo-skeleton, a screen and WiFi radio. Most of the skeletal of the Ara smartphone will be made from 3D printed parts, making it possible to manufacture the body parts with high customizable bent. Google wants to give its users the freedom to create their own Ara phone for as little as possible by giving them a mobile kiosk.
The features of Project Ara smartphone are going to be highly varied as one can customize the functionality by using third-party modular components like sensors, battery, camera, speakers etc. and assemble it themselves. What you want, is what you’ll get in your phone since you can slot-in any compatible hardware component whenever the need arises instead of buying a new phone once again.
- Modules are secured to the phone using hardware latches with magnets to lock them in place
- The modules are hot-swappable, meaning that you can replace components without switching off the phone itself
- Third-party modules are designed in such a way that they can fit in the compartments in the phone’s chassis irrespective of what they do
Google is slated to come out with a prototype of Ara phone anytime soon, and the first commercially available version will be ready by Q1 2015.
Around $50 for the basic Grayphone and one can expect to make a respectable smartphone for themselves in under $150 with a good camera, battery pack and other components.
Project Ara phone will be an ideal option for people who are not satisfied with the current offering of smartphones and think that there is something missing in the phone in spite of the wide array of components. For example a person who longs for a thumping camera and an excellent graphics intensive gaming experience would like to have the requisite hardware components for the same and not want other components that are of no use to him/her.
Moreover it would be a perfect smartphone for people who like to change phones quite often due to technological stagnation of their phone’s hardware overtime. With Ara that would be a thing of the past as one will be able to update the hardware components according to their needs.
Why the wait
Google wants to have an in-depth review of how people react to such a phone when they will come out with the prototype in the coming months. That would take a lot of time and Google wants to make sure Project Ara is a huge success when it finally begins to roll out its first batch of the grayphone models.
Project Ara is still a long way from completion and available commercially but this new revelation by Google has given us more insight into this intuitive project that looks to revolutionize the smartphone arena with completely customizable modular phones that are perfectly tailored to individual requirements.