Googles components are hot-swappable modular phone

Sep

30

2014

Components of Google’s modular phone which is known under the name Project Macaw will be hot-swappable. Only for changing the screen and the CPU, the user must turn the camera off.

Project Macaw The modular phone Ara Project will run on a customized version of Android L, the developers of Ara include the Android framework and the Linux kernel have adapted, writes Phone Bloks. After the software is ready, those changes will appear in the regular version of Android, so that the Ara-phones like other smart phones can receive updates.

The basis of the Ara-phones, the UniPro-switch, unlike the soc at regular smartphones; it is the only part that is always in the frame of the phones. All modules like wifi and camera may change users without turning off the device. Modules come in a separate store for sale.

The application processor, modem, working memory and storage can be connected to it. That application processor can also be a soc with gpu and isp, but not necessarily. “Consumers will speak about what they prefer” said a top executive of Google during a presentation two weeks ago.

Google will have a fully functional prototype of Ara show on a developer conference in December, after which the software next spring should be ready. Then also the first device of Project Ara true.

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