Google’s $50 smartphone

The world’s first modular smartphone for just $50.

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.





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    buby
    27th Mar 2014
    11:08am
    WOW SOUNDS very interesting, i was going to buy a new phone this year. But i will wait now, i hope its useful for the sight impaired !!
    barbsmith38
    27th Mar 2014
    11:37am
    Sounds too good to be true!
    robbie
    27th Mar 2014
    12:31pm
    Sounds great, when & where can we buy it or shall i wait?
    artlynk
    27th Mar 2014
    12:58pm
    not being a tech-head I'm limited in my knowledge about these things, but it sure sounds like a fantastic idea!.. and like other comments below, I'm due for a new phone right now, so have to bite the bullet and get one - sure wish this was here already though
    postage stamp
    27th Mar 2014
    2:24pm
    Yes great news, but for $50 you may only get the barebones then build it up to your needs at a cost.
    chey
    27th Mar 2014
    3:32pm
    Might cost $50 overseas, but guarantee it will be twice that price here in Australia, like most other technology.
    buby
    27th Mar 2014
    11:24pm
    YES CHEY you very well might be right, with a bit of luck i might get lucky before i kark it MIght!
    Disco3
    28th Mar 2014
    9:04am
    Great concept! I would rather have an extra battery than a phone camera any day. Hopefully, the 'add-ons' won't be too expensive.


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