Google’s Ambitious Project Ara modular phone to Come in January 2015
According to CNET, Google will release its Project Ara gray phone in January 2015. Google has already started Project Ara developers conference that is scheduled for two days on April 15th and April 16th. The Project Ara team from Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) which is a part of Google division is working very hard to bring the modular phone in the market in which you can swap the components easily to upgrade the phone.
Motorola recently announced the Project Ara, an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones on its official website. Google has released the latest Modular Development Kit that would allow developers in creating different modules that would very eventually turn up on your own custom Ara phone. Though Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo but also announced that they will be keeping Project Ara.
Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara said at the conference,
The generic gray phone will cost developers about $50 to make and is purposely designed to be drab to encourage owners to be creative, and personalize their devices.
According to Google, There will be five 2×1 unit modules and two 2×2 unit modules. These modules will be attached themselves by using electro-permanent magnets. Android drivers that will support Era would be available in December, just before the public release.
There will be great independence for users as everyone can create their own custom look for each of the phone’s by using individual modules. All the parts of the phone will be user replaceable so it makes very easy to change the look of the phone by just changing any of the parts you feel is required a change. It is a very innovative concept from Google. The different parts of the phone will be available from different manufactures. There are two more Google Project Ara conferences coming in July and September and we will keep you updated about the user specific phone that the Google is working on.