Google's Project Ara
You must have heard the term 'modular smartphone' but what does it mean and what is Project Ara? Ara is an ambitious project by google. The phone will be a basic exoskeleton into which different modules can be added or removed. Alongside the basics such as a processor, screen and battery, users will be able to add the networking, multimedia and other modules they require. Making it a completely personalised smartphone.
"We want to make the smartphone hardware ecosystem more like that of the software ecosystem that underpins Android," said Paul Eremenko, head of google's Project Ara
Imagine, you want to upgrade your phone's camera then, instead of buying a whole new phone just buy a small module and swap it with the existing module. Simple!
At Google I/O 2016, it was announced that the Ara has been rethought somewhat. A new Developer Edition which is scaled back somewhat from the original concept was unveiled. The device now consists of a frame which 'contains all the functionality of a smartphone' so it includes the CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, battery and display. Google says this frees up more room for hardware in each module.'
At there rear side. There are all plug and play modular slots and credits goes to GreyBus "a new bit of software deep in android stack. Greybus supports the power efficiency, data-transfer rate upto 12 Gbps and instantaneous connection."
This modular smartphone by Google gas faced an number of delays already. Initially the device was to be released in January 2015. The base model called "Grey Phone" is to be priced at $50. Then the project was postponed to 2016. So, finally we are expecting it to release in 2017.
Stay tuned for more updates and further information. Watch the Google's vision in this video