QWERTY: Make your own phone with Google Project Ara

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How would it feel if you could build your own phone; for which you could decide what you want and what you want to skip? You’ll no longer need to choose between a Samsung and a Motorola– instead, you will be able to create your own device. Sounds unreal, right?

This may soon be a reality as Google’s Project Ara might come to India early next year.

How it works

Project Ara phones are a collection of Lego-like blocks. These blocks contain hardware pieces – cameras, processors, battery, RAM, display, and so on. There are three sizes – mini, medium and large – which can be achieved through a combination of magnetic blocks of different sizes. The blocks are removable and replaceable as well.

Now what seems to be the height of customization is that you can choose your own specifications and design for your phone! And since they are replaceable, you can simply buy a new component instead of buying a whole new device! For example, you may build a phone with a 5MP camera and may require a 13 MP shooter after a year. Instead of buying a new phone with the required specification, you could simply buy a 13 MP ‘camera block’ and swap it with the current one. If reports are to believed, this swapping would be in realtime, i.e. no need to reboot your phone! You can even carry spare blocks with you & change them on the go!


You will have to compromise on your phone’s aesthetics in lieu of the customization. Since the phones are made of colourful, magnetic blocks, the phone might look like a toy! Also, the phone is thicker and heavier, as all hardware is on the exterior.


This seems to be the next big thing in the world of technology. Creating your own phone seems dreamlike! Also the hardware being offered is very versatile, like the resolution range from average to full HD. We will have to wait for January to get the exact details on hardware, software, availability, etc. However, if trends are to be believed, Google may launch the product by the next Google I/O. By early 2015, you shall be able to create your own devices online, order them and use them. Start planning your devices!


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