While it may lack the immediate wow-factor of efforts like Google Glass, the modular Project Ara could prove to be just as, if not more exciting, offering smartphone users the promise of untold levels of control over what hardware goes into the handsets they use. As such, we’ve been actively following development on project Ara, from its early days as a Phonebloks concept, to Motorola really grabbing the idea and running with it, to Google’s taking the reins with its Advanced Technology and Projects group. Just last week we brought you an interview with Phonebloks’s Tomas Halberstad, and today we get to follow that up with a new video preview, as Phonebloks shares with us some of the team working on Ara, while giving us new glimpses at its prototype hardware.
Everything here is still very much in development, but we still get a few glimpses at interesting components to the experience here, like the Ara configurator app, letting users browse their available options for alternate Ara parts and preview the combinations.
There’s no big reveal to be found, but that’s not what this video is about; the journey from concept to commercial product is bound to be a slow, deliberate process, as these are largely uncharted waters we’re sailing into. Next up, Phonebloks says we can expect a video tour of the first Ara Developer Conference, kicking-off in just over a week.