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Is Google Ara The Future of Smartphones?

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | May 23, 2016

Is Google Ara The Future of Smartphones?

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With apps, our respective smartphones can be everything we want them to be. But what about the hardware?

Google’s future smartphone, dubbed Ara, is taking center stage in the following video that highlights how useful a modular phone might be to the masses.

Just imagine a world wherein your phone can shift and transform to meet various demands. That’s already what it does with so many software apps.

But we are talking about a phone that could, say, get a lens upgrade with a snap or boast several speakers with the flip of some fingers.

Here is how the prototype phone is coming along via a truly mesmerizing video.


As you may have guessed, Ara is not for sale at the moment. However, its website states that developer kits will be ready to ship fall 2016.

So we presume some very enticing add-ons will be created later this year from third-party developers that can fiddle with the design for a few months.

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The website does, however, offer a glimpse of Ara’s possible functionality. There would be six slots where you might replace various items on the phone.

We will give you a moment to let your mind run wild with the possibilities. Perhaps this could help with storage or power when you are traveling. Or, obviously, it could be used to switch in a more professional lens for your travel photographs.

As in the video, there is a moment when you see multiple speakers used. Well, you can forget the days when you have to lug around a Bluetooth speaker because the concert is in the form of tiny blocks that fit in your pocket.

Of course, all of this is pure fantasy for now. But the design does look promising.

We look forward to the day when we have a tiny box back at home filled with hardware apps that snap into place on our Ara.

The fully customizable smartphone may be closer than we had previously imagined.


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