Google’s Modular Smartphone will Kickstart Its Journey Next Year

May 23, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Seldom do we hear about Google’s Ara project these days; the one which put forward the ambitious idea of modular smartphone. Words about the project were so upsetting that its demise was nearly to be concluded.

But Google has pulled the surprise out of the box, and it’s that modular phone concept is up and running at high volume.

In fact, it’s so real that around 30 employees working in Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Products), the one behind the modular idea, are now having Ara as their primary smartphone. It also includes Rafa Camargo, Ara’s technical project lead, who has now revealed the latest prototype of Google Ara to the entire world.


The displayed prototype appears well furnished, and never would have one thought of this to happen especially after continuous demo fails and the cancellation of the Puerto Rica launch earlier. But it’s real, and more interestingly, the modular smartphone, which is also the first ever smartphone made completely by itself, will be heading out to the markets next year.

In simple, Project Ara is just the modular phone we have all dreamt of, letting us swap our requirements accordingly with add-on components, be it camera, battery, display or processing speeds.

Every hardware component running the device could be modified according to our wish with just the addition of modules that are dedicated for single purpose. In effect, this is what could finally bring back longevity to smartphone incumbency.

Google is working with multiple partners now for the development of modules, and they include big names like Samsung, Panasonic, Micron, Toshiba, TDK, Toshiba, Harman, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Nvidia, and many more.

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