What is it? What can we do, what it can do.These are probably the question you will ask yourself but hold on I am here for you.
Project Ara is the codename for an unnamed, upcoming modular smartphone that is made of a central module board with individual modules that can be connected. The platform will include a structural frame or endoskeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner’s choice, such as a display, camera or an extra battery. It would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste.
you can choose what display you want(what size of it of course) ,what camera you want ,what processor you want and something like these things.So your phone hardware will be like a sandbox to you
When did it all started ?
Initial exploration of this concept began in 2012 and work started on April 1, 2013. Dutch designer Dave Hakkens announced the Phonebloks modular phone concept independently in September 2013. Motorola publicly announced Project Ara on October 29, 2013and said they will be working collaboratively with Phonebloks.
Features and build of project ara.
Ara Smartphones are built using modules inserted into metal endoskeletal frames known as “endos”. The frame will be the only component in an Ara Smartphone made by Google.It acts as the switch to the on-device network linking all the modules together. Two frame sizes will be available at first: “mini”, a frame about the size of a and “medium”, about the size of a Sony Xperia E5. In the future, a “large” frame about the size of a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be available.Frames have slots on the front for the display and other modules. On the back are additional slots for modules. Each frame is expected to cost around US$15. The data from the modules can be transferred at up to 10gigabits/sec per connection. The 2×2 modules have two connections and will allow up to 20gigabits/sec. This is to defer its obsolescence as long as possible.
Modules can provide common smartphone features, such as cameras and speakers, but can also provide more specialized features, such as medical devices, receipt printers, laser pointers, pico projectors, night vision sensors, or game controller buttons. Each slot on the frame will accept any module of the correct size. The front slots are of various heights and take up the whole width of the frame.The rear slots come in standard sizes of 1×1, 1×2 and 2×2.Modules can be hot-swapped without turning the phone off. The frame also includes a small backup battery so the main battery can be hot-swapped. Modules were originally to be secured with electropermanent magnets, but according to the team a new, better solution has been developed. The enclosures of the modules were planned to be 3D-printed, but due to the lack of development in the technology Google opted instead for a customizable molded case.
Modules will be available both at an official Google store and at third-party stores. Ara Smartphones will only accept official modules by default, but users can change a software setting to enable unofficial modules. This is similar to how Android handles app installations. Isn’t it great.
Google announced that it planned to perform a consumer launch of Project Ara in 2017.
here is a short video made by google for your better understanding.