You may be about to be take a glimpse into the future of smartphones. Or maybe not. Nobody seems to know if Ara is going to be a huge hit or a massive flop. It sure does look cool though.
Google have revealed Ara, their attempt at taking on theiPhone directly. The aim with Ara is to create a smartphone out of interchangeable parts that you can swap on the go, enabling you tomake your phone exactly what you want right now.
Ara lets you swap hardware modules like cameras and speakers onto thebase frame which contains the phone’s core components. You’ll be able to say stuff like “Hey Google, eject the speakers” and the modules will be released.
The phone will have six modular slots, with each one being generic and therefore allowing you to put any module into any slot. I can foresee one problem here, these modules look pretty small, and humansbeing the recklessanimals that we are could well forget where they put them.
The big positive, if it works, will be flexibility. You’ll be able to add a larger battery, a camera lens thatsuits your current circumstances, or whatever it is that you personally want from your phone. It could also see your phone last a lot longer. At the moment we tend to have our smartphones for twoyears, Google are hoping that the modules will mean you can have it for five and thus there will be less waste generated by phones.
Ara has been in the pipeline for ages but has come up against various problems. Those problems are fading into the past and now it actually works. The consumer version of the phone will be ready in 2017.
“Project Ara is a new modular computing platform, allowing devices to be customized for style and function. Choose your high-res camera, add a louder speaker, swap in a better battery. Imagine the possibilities.”
Take a closer look here. Tell us what you think in the comments, will you be getting one?