Here’s How Google’s Project Ara Working Prototype Looks Like
Being a bit of a mobile tech junkie, I have to say that Project Ara is one of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in recent years. Project Ara looks to revolutionize the mobile phone industry by creating the world’s first modular phone project.
During Google’s I/O conference, developers got a sneak peak of the prototype for this project, which was first announced back in February.
Just a few weeks before the reveal, the device was still “tethered to a laboratory bench.” They took the first steps to cutting the umbilical cord however, and test how the phone works. This was a very overhyped event during the Google I/O event, and some people were disappointed.
Ultimately, the phone did not completely load, which was somewhat expected by the team. They prefaced the demonstration by saying that if the device were to work correctly, it would take upwards of a minute for it to fully boot.
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Regardless, true Google fans in the audience cheered every time the device reached another milestone in the display, from the android logo to the broken menu screen. While it’s clear that Ara has a long way to come before it reaches the market, it goes to show how the smartphone market is still changing to this day.
While many renderings and sketches provided previously showed a sleek design, the model showed was rather brick-like. However, it’s clear that this is not the priority for the team at the moment, and the final design will be much more pleasing to the eye.
They’re looking to overcome the stereotype that a modular phone must be a box for it to work correctly. A sleek design appeals to users, but he does not want to hide the modularity aspect of the phone at all, but rather to embrace it.
Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara, announced the first developer competition on June 26th. Teams who are interested can develop their own working modules to send to google by September 1st. The winning team will take home a $100,000 grand prize.
If modules are to be the next big hit on the mobile market, Project Ara is already one step ahead of the game. You can watch the entire keynote speech here, on YouTube.