Google’s modular smartphone known as Project Ara is one step closer to becoming a reality, but it will be with the ambitions screwed a tooth down.
Back in 2013 launched Google the so-called Project Ara, which is Google’s attempt to develop a modular smartphone where you easy replaceable modules on the back and eventually upgrade the phone’s components to this year’s latest specifications.
The project, however, has the last year been in stasis, and there have been doubts as to whether Google will continue working on the realisation of the ambitious project.
At the Developer Conference, Google i/o, 2016, the it giant, however, finally given sound from it, and fortunately, the unique, modular smartphone is still under way. Actually get the first developers already early access to the special build-yourself-smartphone at the end of this year, while you, as the consumer will be able to buy a copy already from next year.
Important components cannot be upgraded
Google, however, has turned considerably down ambitions. The big selling point for Project Ara-phone has been the possibility of being able to upgrade the key components to, among other things, the passage of the latest processors, more storage space and new screens year after year instead of having to buy a 5,000 DKK expensive smartphone.
How come it doesn’t quite happen anyway. The modular smartphone is designed completely from scratch, where the concept is still quite the same with modules that can be clicked on and off the back. The number of modules are now reduced from 8 to 6, while a major change of the basic idea behind the phone has been made.
In the new edition is the processor, graphics chip, antennas, battery and the screen been fused together into one and the same entity in the form of metal frame, in which the individual modules to be added. Many of the opportunities that were previously seen in Project Ara-phone, is therefore no longer possible, after Google has become smarter at what parts of the project that in reality can be done after a further pilot project in Puerto Rico.
Although the ambitions so no longer is what they have been, have Google’s modular smartphone still has the potential to become a great innovation in smartphones, where you can customize not only the appearance but also the features through the many different modules, which will be made available by partners such as Toshiba, Rock chip, Nvidia and Marvell.