May 23, 2016 07:17 AM EDT
‘Project Ara’ Drops Released Date & Specs At I/O 2016; Google’s Modular Phone Finally Ready For Consumers [VIDEO]
Crowd was ecstatic at I/O when Google's modular phone when "Project Ara" dropped on the stage and announced to be released this Fall for developers meaning customers has to wait a little bit longer this time.
"Project Ara" Lead Engineer Rafa Camargo told C-Net that Google wanted to make a smartphone that allows users to swap out its parts like Lego blocks. These "Ara" snap-on concepts are the kind of features you would never get on a normal phone.
"OK Google, eject the camera." Now that's what I want in a modular phone. Assuming it only recognizes me, that is! pic.twitter.com/y7gzXpkL8l— Sean Hollister (@StarFire2258) May 20, 2016
If you complain about Samsung Galaxy's speaker as single and easily muffled or crave that your iPhone held more storage space, Project Ara is what you need. If did not only have those features, users may also be able to turn Ara into a boom box with manifold speakers and multiple batteries popped into the phone's six module slots where you can:
- Slide in a couple of speaker modules if you're throwing a party,
- Add an additional battery if you will be out on the town
- Put slot in exotic modules like glucometers
- Sensors to measure air quality
Camargo assured with C-Net that there would be a full day of battery life from the consumer version of Ara where by simply adding a single modular battery must boost that by approximately 45 percent.
The Ara Advantage
- Static RAM Hardware
- 5.3-inch Display
- Non-Functional Style Bricks
- An e-ink display for notifications and glanceable information.
- Camera modules with different lenses and/or sensors
- Speaker and microphone arrays
- A kickstand
- Programmabletouch-sensitive module
- Fingerprint reader
The Modular Future Ahead
The Project Ara team hopes that this platform will open floodgates for third-party hardware developers. This initiation of modular phone could build a wide array of products which could have never made it into smartphones today. Google's Greybus can already transfer data at speeds of up to 11.9 gigabits per second. Google's Greybus is the digital backbone that permits these modules to flawlessly interface with one other and the Android operating system.
According to The Next Web, consumers has to wait until 2017.
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