For quite a while now, Google has been working on the Project Ara, an attempt to modularize smartphones. However, nothing much was known about the project until this year’s Google I/O event, which revealed numerous reasons why Project Ara can be the future of smartphones.
Google in its recent video highlighted the actual potential of its futuristic modular handset. You can check out the video below. The phone consists of latches meant to hold the modules together. However, this seemed to be a bit different than what we’ve heard in the past. Initially, the plan was to use magnets to connect the modules together.
This handset consists of six slots for the modules. It uses an open standard protocol called UniPro that establishes a proper connection between all the modules and offers a data transfer speed of up to 11.9GB in both the directions.
It is believed that Project Ara will possibly change the way smartphones have been used, others merely view it as just another tech experiment. What’s the big deal with a Lego-like smartphone, some would say? Well, here’s the thing: Imagine you plan to upgrade to a more powerful processor. With Ara, all you need to do is simply replace the processor. And you can do the same with the memory and a few other components as well. As a result, you don’t have to buy a new smartphone. Now, how cool is that?
The phone will include a mechanism that locks together all the modules. By setting up a passcode, you can prevent others from ejecting the modules. Adding up to the security is the fact that all of Ara modules will be given a unique code from Google. A module without a Google code will not be able to connect to Ara. This leaves no room for illegal duplication of the modules.
By introducing Ara, the prime intention of Google is to let users configure a phone based on their personal requirements. But, at the same time, Google also wants the phone to look impressive, and not just a handset made out of several uneven sized blocks. So, Google will definitely work towards maintaining a high visual standard as well.
For now, the modules for Ara will be released only by Google. However, the team is working on creating an ‘open platform’ that will let anyone contribute towards building a better hardware.
According to Rafa Camargo, the project lead, other companies might soon be able to build frames that will fit in these modules. And this may not just be restricted to phones only.
Google will be shipping the developer versions of the smartphone this year, and release the final edition in 2017. So, you can probably expect to get your hands on one of these modular smartphones by the next year.
Many believe Google’s Project Ara can revolutionise the smartphone industry and introduced us to a technology that looked more like a fantasy. Moreover, Google rarely disappoints its fans when it comes to offering something new. So, with that being said, the project definitely has that potential to make it a mega hit!