What is Project ARA? This project is an attempt to change not only the way we buy smartphones but the entire smartphone landscape, through interchangeable parts. When your smartphone becomes outdated, instead of buying a new one you just buy the new parts you need or want and swap-them-out. For example, buy a processor from one manufacturer, a camera from another, and a display from yet another to build (assemble) your own personalized phone. Kind of cool, huh?
When the scope of the project became public reception was split: many relished the idea of a lego-like modular product that could be customized however you wished. While others felt it a needless waste or it had not appeal to them at all and some may have felt their world threatened. Whatever, this is a very interesting and exciting concept.
Unfortunately everyone must chill and exercise patience because it has been delayed until 2016.
Back in January the rumor mill ignited as Google announced the project would see release in the test market, Puerto Rico, later this year. About that same time they released “Moto Maker” which is a customization app that’s supposed to give the user a feel for what the hardware possibilities will be with these swappable components. Then in May, a working build was revealed to the public and it looked like things were coming together. But it never entered the test market and after that announcement it just dropped off the radar.
It goes without saying, ignoring pundits, that this project has untold benefits with respect to design; you can see the beautiful colors and designs in the sample images. Instead of a single unit with innovation packed inside the device. You have various components of color and design laid out in any number of ways. Suddenly a high-tech smartphone becomes a way of personal expression and creativity.
Well, only Google knows what’s going on, but Puerto Rico will not serve as the test market and other than that, no bleeps on the radar.
Read Article (Matthew Benson | androidauthority.com | 07/17/2015)
This project concept is just awesome, buy a component instead of a new smartphone. You just couldn’t beat this idea with a stick!
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