Google displays your modular smartphone on the Google IO
Although we haven’t heard about this project for a long time, the truth is that Google has not stopped working on its Ara Project and in the Google IO they showed us for the first time the first prototype of their smartphone by parts . Although it is still curious, at the moment the project has more problems than virtues.
Imagine if we could create a different smartphone every day according to the needs we would have . Imagine that improvements in technology such as better or faster processors would not involve a new device and therefore an outlay of almost 700 euros. Imagine the thousands of advantages that would exist if we could have a modular device.
Under a screen base we could mount as if it were a Lego board, a camera with so many megapixels, a larger or smaller battery depending on the needs, speakers and anything else we can imagine. This is a modular device.
A device like the one that keeps the Google engineers who are enrolled in the Ara Project busy, yes, not only does Apple have “super-secret” projects. Apparently they are working very well since it was in April when we heard the first news about this device and a few days ago they showed the first prototype.
Several problems to be solved, but the path is already marked
It is true that is a first prototype, but for the moment the results are not at all positive as Google’s engineers have not yet managed to make their operating system work properly on it . It seems that since they are modular parts instead of integrated and welded parts, their communication is slower.
However, they are working on a system they call “UniPro” to make this communication infinitely faster. They hope to achieve a speed of 10GB every 2 milliseconds. But it seems that the biggest problem lies in the RAM, which will not work properly unless it is in the same module as the processor .
Another thing I like very much and worry about is the issue of how the pieces will be attached to the endoskeleton. At the moment they are sort of fitted, but they are investigating that they will work with electromagnets that don’t consume battery power so that they can’t be separated while we are using it . Many possibilities and a lot of future for this project.
If you want to see it with your own eyes, as they do from Extremtech, I encourage you to watch the video presentation and be amazed at what the future could bring . And you, would you be in favour of such a device? Do you think they have a future or do you think they will fail?