Here's what's on the inside of what might end up being your future smartphone

Here's what's on the inside of what might end up being your future smartphone
The future of smartphones, what does that hold? It's easy to get carried away with predictions about the far future, as evident by a number of downright comical collections of absurdly off-target guesses that float around the web, but what about a more immediate future? In the case of smartphones, many would agree that Google's very ambitious Project Ara is one very real possibility.

In case you're unfamiliar with Ara, it's an initiative led by the search giant that, ultimately, aims to bring modular smartphones to market and create an entire ecosystem of hardware partners around it. The prototype phone Google has been showing around for a while now is made up of one main piece that holds the core electronics together, called the Endo (-skeleton), and it's upon that piece that the various modules, like batteries, cameras, speakers, etc, are added to. It all sounds very high tech, we know, but that's because it is high tech.

Anyways, as with other moonshot hardware project from Google, the first step beyond the initial, in-house testing, is to start sending off "dev kits" to developers around the globe who're interested in fiddling with the concept and looking at what they themselves can bring to the table. One such dev team got a hold of the Project Ara dev kit, and shared a number of images on Reddit that show the very core of the modular smartphone. The nerds among you will appreciate a look, so make sure to sneak one below.


source: Reddit

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6 Comments

1. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

again

2. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

What in the world is this? Lumia phones will without a doubt never feature this gimmicky technology.

3. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

So being able to upgrade your CPU, screen, camera, internal memory, ect on the fly, without actually upgrading your phone, is a gimmick? Lumia phones will be extinct once this hits the masses.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes because the normal household is still building their pc's, and when you walk into best buy, not a single laptop, desktop, mac can be found to buy. Enthusiats not much more. The newer speced phones will always be cheaper when sold in bulk, this will enable upgrades but, 'on the fly' is a tricky word.

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

project ara would have problem with compactness. I don't think it would work as more people would prefer big screen with the most compact form.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This is just a dev kit. The true form is still yet to determine. Do things differently take courage and lots of R&D man hours. Good to see Google is willing to commit that rather than be 100% profit driven.

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