Developer kits for Project Ara ships later this year, followed by retail availability in 2017
Another year of Google I/O has come and gone, and it came with much fanfare as per usual. That being said, there seems to be a couple of projects that seems to have gone under the radar for whatever reason. While a lot has been said about the biggest announcements at Google I/O, one of the most interesting developments is that of Project Ara. Read: Top 5: Announcements at Google I/O
News of Ara coming out of the Google camp has been sparse over the last 6 months, but we are finally seeing and hearing good news from Google‘s Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product which is slated for availability before the end of the year.
According to inside sources, about 30 employees of the Ara group are using the prototype as their daily driver to refine every aspect as much as possible. They want to make a consumer version available sometime in 2017. Read: The LG G5 is the company‘s first modular phone
Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the body via UniPro contacts, an open, fast and power-efficient connector standard. There are also other “œStyle“ modules that will fill gaps where nothing needs to be added in.
The developers are exploring many other types of modules as well, some that might completely change the way we use our smartphones.
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