Following a lot of delays, Google’s highly ambitious modular smartphone, the Project Ara is almost ready to be shipped. According to the information on Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) division’s website, the developer edition of the smartphone will be released in the fall of 2016, whereas the consumer edition could be expected sometime next year. The company has also posted a video promo that highlights the key aspects of Project Ara smartphone.
Google also offered a live demo of Project Ara smartphone to at Google I/O 2016 developer conference which took place last week. Google also mentioned that it now has all the important components that it requires for the platform. Around 30 people inside Google have already been using the Project Ara prototype smartphone as their daily driver, Wired reports. The developer edition of the smartphone will sport a 5.3-inch display and will run on Android OS.
When it comes to Project Ara modules, companies such as TDK, Panasonic, E-Ink, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Samsung and Toshiba have already working on them, the report states. On the back of the device, there will be six swappable modules, all having the same type of connectors. And if you’re wondering if these modules could easily fall off, they will be fully controlled using software. So, for instance, if you want to take out the camera module, all you need to say is – OK Google, eject the camera.
There is however, one thing to note, the first-gen Ara smartphone won’t let you swap out the modules related to the ‘phone technology,’ such as the display, battery or the chipset. This might come as a bummer to some, as the whole purpose of Project Ara in the first place was to build a smartphone that won’t die.
However, it seems like, the team may need some more time to figure that out, hopefully, the consumer version or the second-gen version may allow for that. Here’s a short video teaser to offer you a glimpse at the prototype model.