Google’s latest release Project Ara, a step towards modular smartphones, will change how we think of smartphones forever.
What’s the concept?
You buy a basic model Ara phone, and then you get all the other bits separately. Various parts of the phone can we swapped with others. If you want a better camera for your phone, you can easily get a better one from Google’s store. You can replace other components too like memory, physical keyboards, display panels, ports, modems, sensors, scanners and more.
The endoskeleton is the structural frame and data backbone of the device, which can then be populated with various modules. These modules are the building blocks behind the phone’s functionality and features, and can be easily and safely inserted and removed at any time, even with the device switched on. The users can buy a ready-made Ara phone or configure one from scratch just the way they like it.
What is its purpose?
Project Ara aims to deliver mobile Internet to the next 5 billion people. It seeks to allow users to create a modular smartphone that is exactly tailored to their functional and aesthetic preferences.
How do Modular Smartphones work for us?
The possibilities are endless. With a modular smartphone, you can pick the best camera for your phone rather than picking a phone for the best camera. You can have a battery that lasts for days without the need to get recharged. You can have the speakers of your choice, have a gaming phone and use it for other purposes too without the battery getting hot. Really, it’s like the perfect phone anyone could dream of.
With Project Ara, you will need to upgrade your phone instead of replacing it every year. This means you would save up hundreds of dollars. You can simply replace a broken display or a broken screen.
Why Name it Project Ara?
Perhaps the biggest mystery of all time is that why did Google name it Project Ara. It’s actually named after the lead mechanical designer whose name is Ara. Yeah, Google is brilliant.
Has Google won the race?
Nope. LG already unveiled its modular G5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. Looks like Google and Samsung have a bit of catching up to do.