For the last few years, Google has been developing a modular smartphone that you can customize more than any other smartphone out there.
And we’re not talking about customizing the way it looks, like you can with Motorola’s Moto X phone, which you can design with the company’s Moto Maker website.
The only name for it so far is “Project Ara,” and it’ll let you switch out parts like the camera, battery, and even the screen.
According to Wired’s David Pierce, who spoke with head of Project Ara Dan Kaufman, Google will start selling developer editions of the Project Ara smartphone at the end of this year. The finished consumer version should be ready by 2017.
The smartphone itself fits 5.3-inch screens and it’ll run on Android. Google will allow developers to make different parts for it, like better cameras, e-ink screens, as well as “speakers, flashlights, panic buttons, fitness trackers, projectors, app-shortcut buttons, kickstands, a million other things,” according to Pierce.
The idea is that you can customize the phone with the parts you want. So if you want a great camera, you can buy a pro-camera module without having to buy an entirely different phone. It’s also designed to last you longer than the average two years that conventional smartphones we keep our smartphones, as we can keep upgrading the parts with the latest modules.
Here are Project Ara will look like: https://youtu.be/aWW5mQadZAY