The Next-Gen Smartphone – Project Ara

Smartphones have made a lasting mark on society by changing the way we go about our daily lives. Smartphones serve as the preferred communication solution over their mobile predecessors and can now even accomplish most tasks that were once reserved for computers, such as internet browsing and emailing. Even today, smartphone technology continues to evolve remarkably.

And now, the latest evolution in the smartphone market may soon be available to you.

This new breed of smartphone, dubbed ‘Project Ara’ by Google, is a step up from currently offered mobile phones. The Ara originally made its debut in October 2013 as a YouTube sensation under the name Phonebloks. Ara was based on the concept of having modular phones at ones disposal. Google saw an untapped opportunity in this still undeveloped concept and began researching how such a device could be made to operate effectively.

The first 100 beta testers, chosen from over 90,000 applicants, will get a chance to try out Ara phones for free. Google also announced that they would be refining this prototype over the next 8 months, which forecasts general public release to be around March 2015.

Here’s a brief look at what the Ara phones will look like.

The Build

At the time of purchase, your Ara phone will be a bare motherboard without anything else attached to it. This motherboard, or the ‘endo’, will then be turned into a complete phone with the help of separate modules that the user will buy and attach to the endo. The real innovation here is the ability of users to decide which modules or aspects are more important to them and which are not, and build their phone accordingly.

Two endos have been initially designed by Google; a Mini and a Medium, 2×5 and 3×6 inches in size respectively. The front of the phone will be left primarily for the screen while the back houses all the modules. There will be a central vertical division from which horizontal divisions come out to each side, dividing the whole back into slots of 1×1, 1×2, and 2×2 inches. This is where the modules will go in, attaching to the slots with the help of electro-permanent magnets, which can be turned on or off by the user through the touchscreen.

The Software

All the modules will be available through a Module Market by Google after being certified. As new as this whole concept sounds, it is comforting to know the modules are expected to run on Android platforms.

The Vision

Google’s vision with the Ara phones is that as technology keeps advancing, people can keep moving along with it by getting newer and improved modules for their phones rather than having to replace older phone for new ones. For example, you might be okay with having a 5 mega-pixel camera on your phone but maybe a new processor becomes available at some point that you require. Normally you would have no choice but to change the whole phone for a new model, but with Ara, you’d be able to simply remove the old processor module and replace it with a new one.

Project Ara is a revolutionary concept in the world of smartphones which aims to give people the chance to design their own phones and choosing modules most important to them rather than wasting money on modules they don’t require. With this prospect, you could be looking at a phone that lasts you years and years; constantly evolving to meet your needs. By the way, mSpy is the cell phone tracking soft, which can help parents monitor their kids’ online activities for ages.

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