Google Project Ara Takes a Giant Leap Forward With Second Module
Google’s Project Ara has been kept in dark for quite some time. Recently, the company shared some new information regarding its modular Android smartphone.
For those of who don’t know, Google’s Project Ara will offer a smartphone endoskeleton. What this means is that consumers will be able to add features one by one, instead of being stuck with the hardware specifications predetermined by mobile operators and service providers. The project was originally unveiled back in 2013 with a first prototype codenamed Spiral 1. On Wednesday, at the company’s DevCon2 developers’ conference, it showed Spiral 2 prototype and more future plans.
While speaking to TechNewsWorld, Google’s spokesperson Iska Saric stated:
The purpose of the market pilot is to research the user relationship to Ara technology, paradox of choice, pricing and economic models, and marketing and branding.
Reportedly, the latest updates made to Project Ara’s Spiral 2 prototype include a 3G modem, an analogue RF bus, and 11 other different prototype modules. Additionally, the electro-permanent magnets found on device have been moved into the endoskeleton frame. Furthermore, the outer exteriors “are now high-resolution, full-color, and fully customizable injection-molded polycarbonate plastic decorated via dye-sublimation printing.”
For the future, Google is planning to go with increased battery volume, decreased power consumption, and better technology for battery. In an interview, Research Manager for mobile phones at IDC Ramon Llamas stated that the best thing about Project Ara is its timing:
It’s finally seeing the light of day. A lot of things that start at Google don’t always make it this far.
He continued by saying that the choice of Puerto Rico as a pilot location also makes sense as it is a savvy market for technology:
It’s not the biggest market in the world, but it’s definitely a savvy market as far as technology goes. It’s a controlled and soft launch, and a lot can be learned there.
While Google is indeed headed in the right direction with Project Ara, it seems like common consumers will take it with a grain of salt. What’s your take on this?
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