A few months back, we were telling you that Project Ara will use a modified version of Android 5.0 Lollipop which will allow users to swap almost every module. Now we’re getting some fresh information related to the upcoming Ara smartphones.
As it was disclosed recently by Google, future users will allegedly be able to configure their own Ara device by using a specific Ara Configurator app. You can see it shortly in action in the video from below, but by the looks of its, it’s just an early preview and it doesn’t reveal too much of its entire functionality.
However, it does make it pretty clear that users will be able to design each aspect of the phone – the stylized exterior “shells”, the modules and the “endo” frame of the device. Thus, users of the Configurator app will be able to browse through the Marketplace for new modules and choose the ones they like and save them in the ‘Stashes’. They can then be deployed on an existing Ara endoskeleton.
A future version of the the Ara Configurator app could reportedly connect to social networks to analyze your activity and then decided what kind of a phone configuration would be more suitable for you. After you are done selecting the parts, you can view the Specs page and then see how much it’ll cost you.
As TheVerge reports, the app is built with Material Design allowing users to pinch the screen to move between the three distinct layers of customization. This is a really neat feature which allows to customize your device in style. However, if you don’t want to build your device from scratch, customers will be able to make use of the “simple phone maker” option.
These are some exciting news regarding the future of modular phones and it’s kind of reassuring to see that Google is the driving force behind this. Who knows, maybe in a few years Project Ara could be the next step in the smartphone revolution.