That each person You can assemble your own mobile as and may decide the money that you want to spend, what features to exploit and which components save. That is the incredible promise of modular Google smartphones, one of the few projects that the company of the search engine was left after selling Motorola to Lenovo just over one year ago.
After months of rumors, promises and mockups, this 2015 have started it with a little more detailed information on opportunities that will give us the modular mobile thanks to the news on the companies that will be joining the project and modules that each of them plans to provide. We are still far from having these mobile in our hands, but at least every time we have more idea of what will be able to offer us.
The months leading up to the Mobile World Congress
During the past three or four months before the Mobile World Congress of this year we have been echoing us drip of new companies joining the Ara project, each of them making your small contribution based on ideas or modules for mobile phones that we can mount them have all sorts of skills.
In this way companies such as Innolux and Sennheiser are responsible for providing different types of screens and modules for audiophiles, While Toshiba will be in charge of developing the modules with the cameras, and SolidEnergy already ensures that from the next 2016 will be a revolutionary batteries available to the belonging.
We have also seen other quite different modules to any technology that is being used today in mobile phones and who, as the intended to analyze blood and water Vestigen or the health and environment of Lapka sensors, they will bring under his arm new and unique features that will help us to quantify our health.
We knew that the Ara project modules would be present at the Mobile World Congress and it has been, although perhaps his presence has been slightly lower than some we expected, and only manufacturer Yezz dared to show shamelessly the first mockups of its modules, as well as a model of how would the phone once mounted.
There was not any kind of functional test or anything like that it seems to you, only a few preliminary designs that surely enough still change before the release of the final product, but that they gave us an idea of the bets of Yezz, Since we could see modules with magnetic connection of NFC payment with mobile connections, sound control or even a small control pad that we could connect to our phone.
Prices and launch
It is soon to start thinking about the coming-out of Ara Project worldwide, and although since the beginning of the year we know that Google plans to start launching a pilot test of these mobiles in Puerto Rico at the end of 2015, currently there are no plans to go beyond and also launch it on European soil.
The price is another one of the great unknowns, because while in his day from Toshiba they say that the modules would cost between 50 and 500 euros, the founder and CEO of Yezz, Luis Sosa, said during the Mobile the price to which sought to sell its mobile modular in Puerto Rico It would bring closer to $200.
In any case, what seems clear is that whether for better or for worse, modular mobiles will revolutionize the way in which we buy our phones, causing them to acquire each of its modules by similar to the Google Play Store Shop, and being able to set this device to our needs.
But this revolution moving in the right direction will need to the different projects of modular devices join forces if we don’t want to end up finding ourselves with that each brand has its own base and its exclusive modules, ruining all the good intentions of this technology and provoking not leave users cost-effective to complicate your life watching what piece is this or that device-compatible.