As it became known to journalists, the Internet giantGoogle continues to develop mobile devices using modular configuration. In the last patent it is reported about the device consisting of three blocks which are completely independent from each other.
In the main unit of the smartphone from Google installedprocessor, sensors and battery. The second module, the display, is connected to the main part with the frame, and the third assembly unit is connected to the rear surface of the device. Outwardly it turns out compact and solid design. A wide-angle camera with a zoom, a 3D camera, a memory expansion module, a game joystick, an audio unit, an extra battery, and so on can act as plug-ins. Initially, Google assumed that new interesting modules could be produced by third-party partner manufacturers, which would allow creating unique individual devices with enhanced functionality. In addition, when the “parts” are worn out or outdated, the user would not have to completely change the device.
Unlike Moto Mods, the patentedGoogle device is designed to connect more complex modules. So a second display can be connected, RAM is added, or a gaming processor is installed. Add-on modules can be equipped with individual power supplies or processors. For example, a camera for working with photos and video can (theoretically) use its own processor, designed to solve special problems.
Google has already developed self-assemblydevices. In 2013, work was carried out on the project Ara. However, after the sale of the Motorola division to Lenovo, the project was minimized, despite the prototype Project Ara, which was almost ready for serial launch.
Whether Google will practically implement its patents and in what time it can happen is unknown.
Source: techradar.com, digitaltrends.com