You Are Not the Owner Of Your Phone In True Sense, But This Phone Can Make You. How?
Who can forget Arnold Schwarzenegger, mouthing that favourite dialogue in the movie ‘Terminator’. No, not ‘I’ll be back’, that’s so clichédly overdone. I’m talking about, ‘I’m a cybernetic organism. A living tissue over a metal endoskeleton’. I remember going around for months, doing an Arnold impersonation for any and every willing audience (and mind you, they were not easy to find).
Years later now, Google seems to have taken a clue out of the same and developed a path-breaking mobile phone. I’m talking about Project Ara, which is already being dubbed as the next-big-wave in the mobile world.
Imagine, being able to change almost every component of your phone at will. Don’t like the camera? No problem, just take it off and put a better one in. Need a faster processor? Pull this one out and push in another. Being entirely customizable, this phone will give a new meaning to the word, ‘owner’. Gone are the days, of being on the mercy of the manufacturers and compromising on one component for another. You, the owner, will be the final word when it comes to what you carry inside your phone.
Ever played Lego? Then you would know what this phone will be capable of doing. If the whatever leaked information on the internet is to be believed, the phone will be made up of six flexible, replaceable modules integrated on a metal endoskeleton frame, referred by Google as ‘endos’ (see the Terminator reference yet?).
The Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) organization is responsible for making the different modular parts using the next generation technology, so that they all are inflow with each other. Greybus, a nexgen software developed in-house by Google is used in synchronizing the modules together, in a way that eases the upgrades and downgrades process. Although, both the metal endoskeletons and the modules are being developed by Google itself, they intend to outsource the entire process of creating the modular ecosystem.
Eager consumers like you and me, will have to wait at least till the middle of next year, to lay their hands on this customizable genius.