Google’s ambitious Project Ara, the modular swap-the-components-as-you-like smartphone, will run on a modified version of the forthcoming Android L operating system and ship in early 2015, Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Era announced on the company’s website. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
According to Eremenko, the handset will have “hot swappable” hardware modules, which will allow users to switch the components without even turning it off. Except the display and processor modules every other module could be easily swapped without disconnecting the power. To make this feature work, the Project Era team had to team up with Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization that works on free and open-source software to develop a modified version of Android L, since stock Android doesn’t support dynamic hardware configurations. Also Read - Fake apps scam: How to identify fake apps on Android, iOS
Google already has partners like Toshiba, and Foxconn on board, who will be selling the modules through an online store or “Modular Marketplace” and all the modules will need to be certified before becoming available to the customers. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
“Many companies, large and small, as Laird Technologies and Array labs are developing modules with innovative features never seen before,” Giulio Minotti wrote on the Phonebloks blog.
The next Project Ara developers conference, which will be commencing in December, should see Google ATAP team and its partners come together to release Project Ara MDK, and start working and implementing these features.