Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Google’s modular phone

Google’s first Ara phone is set to be released in 2017.

It’s been awhile since we heard from Google’s Advanced Technology and Project division regarding Project Ara, but the company just dropped a bombshell, demoing an impressive Ara developer smartphone to an enthusiastic crowd at Google I/O 2016.


Project Ara is Google’s vision for the future of smartphones. Rather than having to buy a new device every few years to get the latest and greatest updates and specs, the company wants to make phones modular. That means if speaker or camera technology improves, you’ll be able to buy those parts and simply tack them onto your phone, replacing the older modules.

Google’s Engineering Lead Rafa Camargo demoed the developer version of an Ara phone which had six modular slots, and the installation process is apparently very simple.

But modules can extend much further than speakers, cameras, and even secondary displays. It could help someone check insulin levels if they have diabetes, for example. Google is partnering with several companies, including Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Harman, E-Ink, Cohero Health, and more, to bring all sorts of modules and devices to market.

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