Google's Next Phase of Project Ara: Spiral 2 Modular Phone

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  1. dgstorm

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    The latest prototype of Project Ara from Google was shown off during the developers conference that occurred this morning. this one is called Spiral 2, and not only did they share some new images of it, they also showed off a video.


    Here's a quote with a few more details,

    Here at DroidForums HQ we were a bit skeptical of Project Ara at first, but the more we see of it the more we are impressed. Sound off and let us know what you think of Spiral 2 from Google's Project Ara? Will it make waves in the industry when it is finally released or sink to the bottom?

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    I'm hoping something like this can really take off... people will not only be able to finally have a phone that is truly theirs it will also open the ability for those of us that like to tinker to... tinker, like building your own computer, if it's truly hot swappable as well.. that's awesome. the possibilities are endless.

    if anyone can pull this off its google
     
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    My question is how will they get carrier support. They NEED the carriers to support them. Will_insert your carrier here_allow a device that hasn't been tested on their network? I'm about 99.9% sure VZW won't allow it. Perhaps they will have to show the carriers that all thats needed is the obvious (proper radios).

    I'd love to hear some opinions, speculation, ideas on how they will make this work with carrier support.
     
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    I think your idea of proper radios, i.e. non-swappable radios is the most likely idea... the motherboard and radio will all be standard it's the camera ram cpu gpu and other add-ons that will be interchangeable.

    maybe we'll get lucky and a new carrier will come on the scene and throw everything we know out the window, if we're lucky that will happen. however unlikely it is anything is still possible. think gone internet you use your own devices on their network. just the modem is standard.


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    Google has been talking about getting into the carrier business using alternative wireless tech. Can you imagine if Google used the final working retail version of Project Ara as their flagship device to kick off a new wireless carrier service to compete directly with the duopoly of Verizon and AT&T?
     
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    Great point Stormy...
     
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    Excellent point. Not to be Douglas downer here, but I just don't see this coming to the mainstream market anytime soon, despite the fact they've been working on this for a few years now. While it's an awesome concept that I would love to see come to fruition, there are simply too many hurdles to overcome and too many hands in the proverbial cookie jar, for this to be the end all/be all answer to the prefect customizable smartphone that everyone wants it to be.
    Because it's open to so many developers/manufacturers, compatibility issues are going to be major factor. The fact that technology these days advances at such a high rate, manufacturing the various modules in order to keep up with current tech is going to be tough.
    Like I said I think it's a great concept, I just think it's going to take awhile to really take off and get to the point where it's both affordable and to where the variety of modules are easily available to be upgraded right away.
    Then as CK pointed out, getting the carriers on board is going to be key.
    But Mr. Storms idea of Google getting into the carrier business would be instrumental in the success of this device...not to mention very exciting.

    It will be an interesting journey to say the least.

    S5 tap'n
     
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    it would be amazing to swap out radio and go from 1 carrier to another. Plus upgrading like a PC with help keep the tech current and i wonder how that would affect people buying new phones every 2 yrs and extending contracts. You buy this and contracts are not an issue since you can essentially reconfigure and have a new phone. Hope this does take off!
     
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    I have a hard time seeing this really take off.

    That makes me sad, but I know only people like myself and you other fine folks here will be interested in hot-swapping modules in our phones on the go.

    Maybe the masses will prove me wrong when these devices actually launch, but I don't see people who's only computer experience is Facebook and who're on their first smartphone wanting something like this.

    I hope I'm wrong, or I hope at least that the market among folks like us is large enough to sustain this concept.

    Either way, I'm interested to see what shakes out.
     
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    I agree Jonny....I'm seeing it as definitely a niche market. Heck, developer phones have never really sold well. I know that's like comparing apples to oranges, but still. Its really going to take an amazing product to begin with, some major advertising and a decent price point for the general public to really buy into this concept.

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    I think you're absolutely correct in your assumption. They'll get the project (pun intended) up and running in a few markets, gain some market penetration, hone their model, get carrier interest and move into more markets. Take 2-3 years at the minimum

    Its going to be a slow process for sure. Perhaps they just keep Project Ara a small project for select and emerging markets...dunno.
     
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