Google has had second thoughts regarding modular smartphones. The company now has plans to develop model that is less customizable as compared to the earlier proposal.
The processors of the new Project Ara will not be swappable.
Google has supported the new adjustments saying that more space will be created for other parts bringing onboard unusual functions.
Some experts say that the success chances of the initiative have been increased by the move.
“A fully modular smartphone would have gone against every trend in the industry to integrate components tightly together and make smaller, faster devices as a result,” said Ian Fogg, from the consultancy IHS Technology.
“By putting the front display, the processors and some of the core functionality into the frame’s board, rather than on removable modules, it has significantly de-risked the project.
“That may not offer as much flexibility to users as the original plan, but it makes it easier for Google to bring Project Ara to market quickly.”
The first time that Google made it public it was designing a customizable phone was in 2013. Within a year after the announcement, the company made a new announcement on plans to start trials in Puerto Rico.
In an advertisement released to support the move, the mobile phone users were able to swipe out a broken screen and replace it with a new one.
But that pilot was done away with in 2015 and new leadership took charge.
Ara’s lead engineer Rafa Camargo described the new design as putting “modularity where it counts”.
“We’ve integrated the phone technology in the frame. That frees up space for modules that will create and integrate new functionality that you cannot get on your smartphone today,” he told developers at Google’s IO conference in California.
He further said that with the new frame technology, it was possible to develop an even thinner phone.
Some other additional are: a high-resolution camera, a kickstand, a secondary e-paper display, expandable storage and loud speakers
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