Project Ara, the modular design of Google smartphones was destined to remain a concept intriguing but impossible on a practical level will likely be forced to think again: Big G has decided to bring together between yesterday and today about 200 people at the Computer History Museum to trace the path of the future development of the device, which should lead to commercial launch in early 2015.
When this reporter was given a chance to see the prototype of the gadget , evaluate it , and some of it going to the modules , the first of which is already born.
Although this prototype is still in the earliest stages of development , it still gives you the opportunity to see what awaits us in 2015, when started within Google Project Ara gadgets have hit the market . So , the mobile device consists of a metal housing, which acts as a load-bearing frame , which are inserted into the slots interchangeable modules .
These tiles contain hardware components required for the smartphone , including – the processor , RAM, Wi-Fi chips and mobile communications , as well as touch screen , battery , and much more , including the camera , speakers, and funded in flash memory . The modules themselves interact within a single gadget held in place by special magnetic mounts , which also make it easy to turn on and off one or another component and change them without further ado .
Convincing demonstration for developers Project Ara mean much more than building a prototype : need a critical mass of development modules that will really produce hardware solutions ; it means the release of frames and selling it real consumers in real markets . Only after this idea Ara will be considered successful and will go into maintaining Google, which will begin to engage in sales of modules and further advancement of the platform.
Unfortunately, modular smartphone will have its drawbacks. Although Project Ara looks very attractive , for its versatility have to pay. Team Project Ara said that at the moment of its decision about a third worse than traditional smartphones in terms of size , weight and power consumption. However , Google strives to bring these figures up to a quarter . Ie machines Project Ara would be about 25% larger, heavier and more demanding to the battery than similar characteristics and capabilities of a typical smartphone . Nevertheless , I’m sure many wish to go for these compromises for the sake of versatility.