Google's modular Ara smartphone to arrive in 2015

16 April, 2014 | Comments (92) | Post your comment

Tags: Google, Android

Google released the Module Developers Kit (MDK) for its Project Ara smartphone last week, and now more news has surfaced about the modular device. In December, the company will release an Android update for Ara devices, followed by the release of the first Ara phone in January of 2015.

Project Ara allows you to configure your purchase in a wide array of directions, including custom colors, images, and, of course, which components you need in your device. 3D printed textures will also be available, which should result in one or more modules that are pleasant to the touch.

Google experimented with phone customization in its Moto Maker tool for the Moto X, so you can expect a much more elaborate version of that around Christmastime for Project Ara.

Google hopes that Ara will take on the role of your primary smartphone for as long as 5-6 years, during which time you could pop in a new CPU or camera if yours gets a bit long on the tooth, rather than having to buy an all-new device once the latest tech rolls around.

The Ara has the potential to drastically change the way smartphones are approached - including a plethora of third-party applications - and we can't wait to see if the market will bite.

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Google's modular Ara smartphone to arrive in 2015 - reader comments

  • Anonymous

I believe this project has potential, but I wonder will this end up being limited to pre-pay as I am certain that carriers in the U.S. will not want to support a phone that does not continuously lock customers into new 2 year contracts. As a Verizon ...

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  • 2014-10-16 06:06
  • kVYB
  • mtntrek2

Although not a Google or "wearable" fan, I do like the modular concept and scalable adaptability. Especially as mobile devices have become more powerful and are assuming more of our digital workload. I'd like a module tether/dongle (HDMI, K...

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  • 2014-04-26 22:25
  • 81ZW
  • Anonymous

people think they want a modular phone. they belive they would be able to keep it for longer but when the newer modular phone come out later thats improved slicker that fixed issues from previous version .you would still want to chuck it. a...

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  • 2014-04-18 15:31
  • jKrL