With a delay of two years, the modular smartphone from Google, which is being developed under the working title ‘Project Ara’ is likely to be available on the market in the first half of 2017.
Google announced at its I/O conference that the fully modular smartphone should be placed in stores in mid-2017. The beginning of modular smartphones has been delayed several times because of many problems. Originally, the Project Ara modular phone first broke out in late 2013 and was expected to be placed in stores in 2015.
The device consists of a module bank in which six modules can be placed. This modular smartphone allows a user to determine for example which type of battery, camera, or processor to be used. The modules also feature different textures and finishes, which would allow users to customize their devices in both functionality and aesthetics.
The modules have a so-called “hot swap” capability. This means that modules can be swapped and removed while the smartphone is on. Users can issue voice commands through OK Google or the Ara app to detach a module.
Google is expecting to deliver test versions of the Project Ara modular smartphones to developers in the autumn of this year. Developers can register on a special Google website for a prototype of the device.