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Google's Project Ara will release to consumers in 2017

Google's Project Ara will release to consumers in 2017

Google to ship Dev Kits of Project Ara soon

Google's Project Ara will release to consumers in 2017

 

When the "Phonebloks" concept was announced in September of last year it was met with equal praise and ridicule, with many praising the concept for trying to address the throwaway nature of the design of the many mobile phones on the market today and others claiming that such a device could be created affordably or in a reasonable size/form factor. This concept is what eventually became Google's Project Ara, a fully modular smartphone.

In essence, the concept is simple, create a mobile phone which can have its parts easily replaced or upgraded when the user desires, so that merely a single component is thrown away instead of an entire phone and that users will be able to, in theory, create a phone that meets their own specifications. 

At this year's I/O developer conference Google was finally able to announce that they have made significant progress with their Ara device, giving a timetable for when Project Ara will release to developers and when it will finally reach consumers.  

The official developer release of Project Ara will be coming in Fall 2016 and the consumer version will be coming sometime in 2017.  

 Google's Project Ara will release to consumers in 2017

 

Google has also released some of the specifications of Project Ara's modules, with each slot being able to transfer data at speeds of 11.6GB/s and will be able to connect to any other module in the mobile phone, regardless of its location. 

Project Ara will run on Android, though Android has changed a lot in order to accommodate Project Ara. Google developers have stated in the past that Project Ara will be a true "stress test" for the OS to see if it is "flexible enough" to be able to facilitate the complexity of Project Ara. 

It seems now that Google has been able to overcome the complexities of hot-swappable components on the Android platform, making the idea of a modular smartphone no longer seem like the fantasy that it once was. 

Modules on Project Ara will be easily changeable, allowing users to be able to switch and swap modules within seconds after telling your phone to eject your chosen module in software.  

Project Ara was originally supposed to be release in 2015, so while progress has been slow it has certainly resulted in an interesting and working design.  

 

You can join the discussion on Project Ara releasing to consumers on 2017 on the OC3D Forums.  

 

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20-05-2016, 18:15:24

g0ggles1994
2017? Damn, hopefully my Nexus 5 will hold out long enoughQuote

21-05-2016, 03:14:39

NeverBackDown
Interesting.. Probably end up getting the 2017 Nexus phone instead though. Rather not be an early adopter for a phone.Quote

21-05-2016, 05:56:31

sheroo
Always loved the idea of this, will defo be my phone of choice depending on price point.Quote

21-05-2016, 07:51:57

SpencerUk
I got tired of waiting for this so I got a Nexus 6P 128GB for £450 instead. Very happy with it.

Should last until eventually Ara comes out..Quote

21-05-2016, 20:56:03

Kushiro
nice concept, however each modules gonna have to be not only thin but also have the intergrity since they are individual components. Otherwise if its too thick, I wouldnt even bother.

Im looking forward to see how they will manage heat tbh.Quote
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