Back in April, Google unveiled its first Project Ara smartphone called the Gray Phone , which essentially boasts modular components that can be swapped or changed as per one s requirements. While the smartphone is far from being ready for commercial use, the search giant has announced that it will be giving out 100 Project Ara Gray Phone to beta testers for free. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
The Project Ara website says that off the 30,000 registered developers, the 100 most active contributors will be getting their hands on the Gray Phone. The selected developers are from all around the world, including three from India Raj T from Mumbai, Ketan C from Rajkot and Animesh W from Pune. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
While earlier reports had claimed that Google would launch the Gray Phone in January 2015, the company s statement Over the next 8 months we will bring our functional prototype into reality pegs it for sometime around March 2015.
Project Ara is basically intended to let people customize the hardware components of the phone easily. Google will offer these modular hardware components on an app store like Google Play. These components will stay attached to the frame via electro-permanent magnets and use the UniPro standard for communication between modules. Google has also mentioned that the phones will run on Android, and the company will release the required drivers to run the components in December.