Modular Smartphone: Google Buried Project ARA

It is already a long time presented Motorola then purchased the idea to a modular phone, made since the launch of the project ARA. 2013 the project Google and repeatedly moved back the test phase is planned for 2015. At the Google Conference I/O in may, the Group had angekundgt, that developers first before series of modular phones should be still this autumn. Now project ARA seems to be completely set, reported the news agency Reuters.

We tinker us a cell phone

The launch of the finished device was actually planned for 2017. According to the modular principle users together can build up your own Smartphone at will. Normally, the basic components of a mobile phone processor, display, graphics unit and battery in the device are integrated. The project ARA included a Smartphone, where the buyer can replace the individual components. One of the parts will break, so the thought behind it, must be not just to buy a new phone or expensive repair the old. Also, you could replace technically obsolete items at all times through new and thus extend the life of a device.

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Modular smartphone from an external partner?

By Google there are so far no statement about a possible end of project ARA. Even if Google brings the modular phone itself on the market, could find the Group an external partner for this, quoted Reuters two anonymous sources. This could happen for example, through licensing agreements, so the informant.

Google I / O: new concept for ARA

In may, Google had already amended the plans for project ARA. Tests have found, that the components not securely held together enough according to the original principle by electromagnets. More stable Sockets now have Exchange modules. In addition, the customer should not assemble the Smartphone. The main components (processor, graphics unit, antennas, sensors, display, battery) should be yet firmly installed and non-exchangeable. Six flexible slots for components such as camera, additional display, speakers and special modules (about blood glucose meter) remain. A video introduced the new concept of project ARA in may 2016. From the original idea of a Smartphone’s desire was but already at that time hardly anything left.

 

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