Project Ara, the ambitious modular swap-the-components-as-you-like smartphone from Google will at least have three variants sporting different kinds of processors. While initially the company had partnered Rockchip, it has now entered into partnerships with Marvell and Nvidia as well. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can playAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
Chipmaker Marvell is working on a module with decidedly low-powered 64-bit PXA1928 processor, the same it uses in Google s Chromecast. Nvidia, on the other hand, is developing a Tegra K1 processor module, which was also used in the Nexus 9 tablets. Google refers to this processor as application processor. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
The modular smartphones will be a bit thicker and heavier than the top-tier handsets. But it will let users decide what amount of RAM, power of camera, juicier battery they want on their handsets. Furthermore, these modules will be hot swappable, that is, you won t have to power off the device in order to change the internal components.
The company had earlier said that it will be shipping the handset in early 2015 with a modified version of the Android Lollipop. Many companies, large and small, as Laird Technologies and Array labs are developing modules with innovative features never seen before, Giulio Minotti said.