Google debuts its Project Ara modular smartphone prototype
Build your own phone
Google first let us know about Project Ara, back in 2013, but were decidedly stingy with the details. For the past 18 months they have kept schtum about the device, but now they have finally broken their silence. At a recent conference dedicated to the device – the Project Ara Module Developers Conference – the tech giant announced that a new pilot phase of the development is being launched in Puerto Rico and more details about the device were revealed.
The modular smartphone is said to be intended for sale in a barebones chassis form, with multiple modules available for sale separately. These modules allow the user to create a unique device that suits their individual needs. In other words, Google are looking at turning what we understand software 'apps' to be – into hardware.
The build-your-own-phone, in its current state of being is able to support WI-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity and Google are looking to bring it up to date with 4G LTE capabilities also.
The Puerto Rican pilot market scheme is being rolled out to allow Google to determine the cost of the device and whether or not consumers are receptive to the idea of purchasing a multitude of separate pieces to customise their own unique smartphone.
So what do you think? Would you buy it?