Spiral 1 – First working prototype of Google Project Ara modular phone revealed
Every single news of the Google Project Ara modular phone has excited me simply because of the limitless possibilities it brings to the forefront. The modular phone is slated to be released in 2015 and now the big news is the arrival of first prototype of this much awaited phone. Called as Spiral 1, the prototype is developed by NK Labs in Boston and Google has posted a video showing the open hardware platform phone. So far the developers have managed to get removable components like LED module, application processor, speakers, USB charging port and LED module into the modular form factor that currently takes up almost 50% of the phone’s body.
Spiral 1 modular phone runs on a custom version of Android and has a custom-made chip having electro-permanent magnetic couplings. This apparently is the first ever Project Ara phone running on an internal network as compared to the earlier version running on a connected module to CPU. However another prototype version of the Google Project Ara modular phone is on the way in January 2015, and it is dubbed as Spiral 2 which will have Toshiba’s custom chip that will minimize the footprint for stacking in the hardware components to extend the functionality.
Google Project Ara has still a long way to go considering that the biggest hurdle is making the basic skeletal design of the phone which can hold all the major modular components and still have no technological discrepancies. For now enjoy the exciting development of this modular phone that will shape the future of mobile devices.