Project Ara
Written by Abhishek Pawar

Wide and big screen, Good RAM for multitasking, Good processor for smooth performance of all apps, Good Camera to capture all beautiful moments of life etc etc.. These all specifications we keep in mind during searching the new smartphone. But we all get frustrated as we don’t easily find the phone within our budget which fulfil our expectations. And when we find one, the price is exceeding the budget. Finally we end up buying one that we didn’t want to.

The main problem with the electronic devices and mainly with smartphone is they are not designed to last. One damaged part makes the device waste. We can’t upgrade the particular part of the smartphone. The option left is to throw the device.

But what if we share the best part of phone with friend/family. What if we upgrade the phone without changing it. What if we change the broken screen easily. What if the phone could ……

phonebloksA Year ago a guy name Dave Hakkens comes with the concept of modular phone called as “Phonebloks” to reduce electronic waste. In 2013 , Phonebloks and Google/Motorola announced their similar aim for modular smartphone. Phonebloks

Google ATAP team named it as “Project Ara” and the phone is scheduled to release in January 2015.

Why choose a phone for its camera,when you could choose a camera for your phone? Project Ara aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. Google intended to sell a starter kit where the bill of materials is US$50 and includes a frame,display, battery, low end CPU and WI-FI. Ara phones are built using modules inserted into metal endoskeletal frames known as “endos”. There will be two frame sizes available at first: “mini”, a frame about the size of a Nokia 3310 and “medium”, about the size of a LG Nexus 5. In the future, a “large” frame about the size of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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.

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 swapped. Modules are secured with electropermanent magnets.


Dutch designer Dave Hakkens announced the Phonebloks modular phone concept independently in September 2013. Motorola publicly announced Project Ara on October 29, 2013 and said they will be working collaboratively with Phonebloks. Motorola went on a 5-month road trip throughout the United States in 2013 called “MAKEwithMOTO” to gauge consumer interest in customized phones. A near-working prototype of an Ara phone was presented at Google I/O 2014; however, the device froze on the boot screen and failed to boot completely. Motorola and Google are frequently updating their status over modular phone and are in touch with the world via their website Phonebloks and Project Ara. Well, we can only wait for the launch of this smartphone and Hope that the project will be successful.

About the author

Abhishek Pawar

Abhishek Pawar is a Founder of Gadget Darbar. He is Content creater and Tech blogger from past two years . He loves to read and get in touch with the latest gadgets. Passionate about the technology, he also have Educational YouTube Channel " Do You Know " . Apart from Technology and Gadget he loves to play sports.

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