Project Ara, the futuristic modular smartphone from the minds of Google, is getting ever closer to its promised 2015 release. The ‘concrete’ information received so far is that you will be able to hot-swap most of the components. These include the camera, RAM and Storage capacity.
There are also rumours circulating, which suggest you could potentially be able track blood oxygen levels and also that it will be made availalable through a Play Store-esq online marketplace.
It is quite possible that you have heard talk of Toshiba providing Project Ara’s main processor. It has become known, however, that Toshiba is actually providing silicone elements that will be used on the backbone of the device, thereby helping modules become interchangeable.
This begs the question ‘Who is making the device’s main processor’?
Google explained in a recent update that they will include a version of NVIDIA’s Tegra K1. This is the same processor that is found in Google’s Nexus 9, and the Marvell PXA1928. We’ll be able to see these processors running Ara devices in Google’s upcoming MDK v0.20 release.
It is a waiting game after all, so unfortunately, everyone will have to wait until the Developer’s Conference to see all of what Google has planned for the future. This is a huge update regarding the modular device, however so we are sure that numerous follows of the project are excited about Ara’s possible processing power.
Interestingly, Google is also working along with Toshiba to manufacture a Spiral 3 prototype which will feature a Rockchip processor, which is specifically designed for the project and will include Toshiba’s UniPro bridge. This allows it to communicate with the other modules.
The days are ticking away nicely and there are rumours amounting all over the place regarding more details about the device. As usual, we will just have to wait and see.
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