Project Ara has been one of the most appealing ideas to come across the world in recent times. The preparation began at Motorola’s Advanced Technology Group, but has since altered to Google because that team was not a division of the awaiting sale of Motorola to Lenovo. The central theme is to produce modular smart-phones that can be easily upgraded and customized, and a new report has a surprising announcement about what manufacturer will be building processors for Ara devices.
According to Nikkei, the big names like NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung, or even MediaTek producing the processors for Project Ara devices. But, Toshiba will be manufacturing semiconductors for the modular smart-phones, and the company was in support for this with Google since October. Toshiba will allegedly produce “three types of processors for the phone, to be used both in modules and the phone itself”. This looks like that not all Ara devices will have replaceable processing modules, but that is ambiguous.
Toshiba will have prototypes available by this fall, and will set in motion the mass production in starting of 2015. The concerned part of the report is that it suggests that Toshiba will be a “preferred” contractor at first, but will turn into “the sole chipmaker for the phone about a year after its rollout”. We need to notice that it is uncertain precisely what this seems to pretend. It seems to claim that Toshiba will have rivalry at first, but will eventually happen to be the only processor manufacturer for Ara, It will send a signal which will mean that other manufacturers with no reason to struggle in the first place. It could mean that Toshiba will be the sole manufacturer which functions with an official Google Ara gadget, but other devices in the Ara line from other manufacturers might be open to a variety of modules from diverse suppliers.
One thing which can’t be avoided is that the report also provides a bit of intelligence on the gadgets themselves. The report restates the news that Project Ara gadgets may open in market for selling at as little as $50 unlocked at first. Devices will differ in size, and such size-difference will make them capable to hold anywhere from five to ten separate modules. It sounds as though each will have the same basic functionality that you would expect, but the room for more modules would be used to exchange in and out things like exercise-trackers and extra batteries.