Google\’s concept of a modular smartphone has not been a new thing. Last year, at I/O 2014, for the very first time, the world was introduced to the entire idea of a modular smartphone in real life. And although the demonstration of the Ara smartphone crashed while booting, we knew that Google were on the roads of building the first modular smartphone.
Enter I/O 2015, and Google\’s ATAP division successfully demonstrated the first ever modular smartphone in their Project Ara keynote. Here are some of the highlights!
Modular smartphones basically involve various components of the phone present as \’blocks\’ which can be assembled according to the user\’s choice. This provides a sense of flexibility like never before, and also removes the need to change phones to upgrade only one particular component.
The keynote began with Google engineer Rafa Camargo assembling the Project Ara device. This time, it powered on successfully.
To demonstrate the prowess of the device he decided to take a picture, so he opened the camera application. However, the camera module wasn\’t installed, so the software did not show anything on the screen.
Once he installed the camera module, however, the camera worked like a charm.
At the keynote, the device was running \’the latest version of Android\’. I\’m assuming that it was Android M, which by the way is out for Nexus devices. You can find the procedure to install Android M on your Nexus device in our article here.
Unfortunately, there has been no word from Google regarding when the Project Ara device will be made publicly available. Earlier, they had announced plans of a pilot test program in Puerto Rico sometime in 2015, but as of I/O 2015, there has been no announcement from Google in this regard.
Nonetheless, Project Ara is a concept that has been successfully brought to life, and it is all thanks to the Advanced Technology and Projects team at Google!