Project Ara smartphone prototype demoed on stage at Google I/O

Project Ara smartphone prototype demoed on stage at Google I/O
Today at the Google I/O developer conference, Google's Rafa Camargo showed off a functioning Project Ara prototype during the ATAP keynote. Although Google previously demonstrated various components of the Project Ara smartphone, this is the first time we've seen a phone assembled from parts live.

The Google engineer assembled the smartphone, turned it on, and then also added a camera module by sliding it in its slot on the back of the handset. To top off his demonstration, Camargo then proceeded to taking a photo of the crowd present at the Google I/O keynote.

Since assembling the smartphone seemed to be a seamless process, there's reason to believe that Google is making significant progress with Project Ara. Unfortunately, Camargo made no mention on when the project might finally launch to the public. Previous rumors suggested that Google will let the public test-drive the project later this year in Puerto Rico.

Project Ara brings a new idea to the smartphone market. Instead of dumping an old phone when a certain component is no longer satisfying the user, Project Ara will let customers replace individual components. Need a high-resolution camera? Just buy a new camera unit, slide it in and you're set to go without having to purchase another smartphone altogether. It remains to be seen if the swapping mechanism will find its way to customer hearts, but if everything works as smoothly as demonstrated today on stage, we wouldn't bet against it just yet.


source: Google via TheVerge

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45 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

People who are genuine tech enthusiasts have to have a deep appreciation for Google. From modular phones, driverless vehicles, glucose measuring contact lens, drones, advanced robotics, quantum computing, project loon, various wearable tech, massive amounts of web services that are considered best in the business, they actually own a portion of Space X, nearly bought Tesla Motors, they're an ISP with Google Fiber, changing the classroom with Chrome OS, and have a commanding 80%+ of the smartphone global market share. They are the company to follow when you want to see the future taking shape before your eyes.

4. hellboy69

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2015

all that's left in their final goal is to build skynet :)

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I cannot wait for Judgment day!!! :-P

43. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

What have you prepared for that day?

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I think the Microsoft is going to make skynet cause you know it's a software more than hardware and also if the Google is the one how gonna make it then it name will not be skynet maybe dropnet.

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

too late...the NSA got dibs on that 1st:-http://www.wired.com/2015/05/nsa-actual-skynet-program/

23. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Rather have skynet than Apple building Sybill system :3

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

true, I am big fan of project tango.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sorry, there was too many for me to remember.

17. waddup121 unregistered

omggggg!

20. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Follow the best not a brand

28. TheDark_Knight

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

True. Fanboys are the worst. Darrell ring a bell?

25. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Vaporware. period.

30. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

And what is Apple doing? To busy suing and patenting others, and tech which does not belong to them. They've never innovated. Nor revolutionised.

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Hopefully comes out soon. I've been dying to see how it all comes out.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I wouldn't hold your breath, but I too cannot wait to try this out!

5. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Agreed, they've held off this long, they might as well perfect it before releasing an instant fail

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think this one might be hard to succeed as It won't be as good (compact) as totally built up device.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I disagree with you, I picked out a full tower case for my home PC so I can have freedom to exchange internal components on a whim if I felt inclined to do so. There are plenty of mass produced desktop computers in compact cases to choose from but you end up restricting yourself with potential future upgrades. Yes, most people don't bother to build their own computers mostly due to inexperience with hardware and the complexity of the process. Project Ara on the other hand, I don't think that it's possible to create a less complex assembling process, so easy a 4 year old who loves to play with legs could easily assemble an alternate between various modules. But that's my opinion.

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

If by soon you mean a good 2 years from now (and that's me being very generous) then by all means keep that fire stoked my friend.

12. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't think if it gonna be successful cause there is need to be software optimization for each hardware and Google is not good at it at all.

18. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Google is great at optimization, OEM's are the ones who have the issues. All the proof of that needed is to look at Nexus devices vs other devices produced within the same time frame.

26. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Google sucks at that. Just look at the codes. ROFL.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Their OS has to have the flexibility to work on a seemingly limitless number of hardware configurations. Compare that flexibility with that of their main competitor which has at most two new devices a year really speaks volumes about the quality of their programmers and their coding, especially when Android Lollipop is reported as a more stable OS than iOS 8. You said in another article that you have a high IQ... but based off of your alarmingly large number of recent uninformed comments I'm willing to bet you have an oversize brow and still drag your knuckles when you walk.

31. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Look at the iOS platform. Its pathetically Unix based, not Linux.

40. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Well if you are better than Google's programmers then why do you look like an idiot with your comments?

42. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

See that's when he got caught red handed. Cause Jakelee use to always no about programming about Android and iOS. He is Jakelee. He's denying. There was never anyone that knowledged about that subject.

44. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah nexus devices that die of with update really did example.

19. gaming64 unregistered

This is still a new product. I'm sure Google will improve it. I hope it won't go the same way as Google Glass.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Google Glass is fine mostly, people just weren't ready for it. Ara is a lot more acceptable and it literally needs to happen with all this waste due to smartphones. Then at least you can recycle your phones easier than now. Battery, LCD, etc. all in their own waste disposal.

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