Rafa Camargo, a software engineer at Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects group), presented a prototype of modular Ara phone during ATAP keynote at Google I/O on May 29, 2015.
However, despite the long-awaited detailed presentation regarding fresh information on the Project Ara (development stage, release date, new possible partners, etc.), Rafa showed the audience just the same prototype of Ara phone, which had been revealed at the second Ara Developers Conference in January of this year. The whole demonstration lasted only a few minutes.
Rafa didn’t talk much about the purpose of Project Ara, assuming that almost all engineers and mobile users attending Google I/O know about that. He jumped straight into the demonstration of a photo camera module and how it works with Ara phone. First, he showed the endoskeleton and several modules separated from each other. Then he inserted the modules (application processor, battery and two speakers) and turned on the phone. The camera module was still detached from the phone, so he tried to turn on the camera app, the application indicated on the screen that the camera module was not available. Without rebooting the phone Rafa simply inserted the camera module into corresponding slot of the endoskeleton, and it was instantly recognized. Several seconds later he took the first public picture with Ara phone.
At the end of the presentation Rafa advised everyone to follow ATAP in social groups, where the date of the third developers conference would be announced.