Project Ara – a project of Google, which led the development of a modular smartphone. He was called one of the company’s most ambitious ideas. However, the company decided to close the Project Ara. According to insiders, the reason for the closure of the project was the desire to streamline hardware projects. At present, the project is sent to the “long box”. Experts do not exclude the possibility that there is still hope for the appearance of modular gadgets. Example,designer Muhammad Farras gives the Project Ara a new chance in the new concept.
This device is obviously still a modular phone, based on LEGO-like pieces which come together attached to the back of a phone’s “skeleton/frame”. Magnetism and pins keep them together and some Bluetooth action may also be available. The designer used Octane and Google SketchUp to create this device render. The result somehow feels a bit like an older Nokia Lumia phone or maybe the Fairphone, if it was slimmer.
The bezels are pretty narrow and this feels like a slim device. Even the screen panel is detachable, as well as the back side modules, including the camera one. The main problem that Project Ara had was the fact that modules kept falling off the phone. That was fixed at least on paper in later versions, but still no major progress towards a commercial module.
Maybe, that big phone makers do not want a phone that you keep for 3-4-5 years and replace parts yourselves. They want to sell you a new flagship every year, that’s why modules don’t work. Maybe…
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