Google’s $50 smartphone

Google wants to have their new modular smartphone, currently known as Project Ara, out by early 2015 for the low price of $50.

Project Ara is the world’s first modular smartphone, making it extremely customisable. This means that each component of the phone is in a separate module which can be moved or replaced by a different module. For example, if there is a breakthrough in technology that improves smartphone cameras significantly, you can just buy a new camera rather than a new phone.

Modules for the Ara will eventually be able to be made by any company, which is terrific because the current big phone companies (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony etc…) will face greater competition. This also means that smaller, independent companies, which don’t have the budget to make an entire phone, will now be able to make just one component. Imagine taking your favourite features of your smartphone, but swapping out the bad ones, or the ones you don’t use. For example, if you didn’t use your phone’s camera, then you could put an extra battery in its place.

Ara has been in development since late 2012, and the first hands-on demo has just been released. Here is a brief overview of Ara provided by NewsyTech.

Do you think this is the future of smartphones, or perhaps all technology? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by ryanbo