21 May 2016

NEWS: Google's Project Ara is far from dead

Modular thinking.

Remember Project Ara, Google's constantly-in-development modular smartphone? Well despite being out of the spotlight for over a year now, it seems to be making great headway, with a developer handset due to be available by the end of the year.

Project Ara is basically Google's solution to smartphones becoming obsolete after just a few months. Instead of having to ditch your current phone for the latest model (with the latest hardware) you simply swap out the modular components of your Ara phone for the latest versions. The system also allows users to create a phone that they really want; if you're a keen photographer, get a better camera module, etc.

Announced at Google I/O, consumer handsets should be available some time in 2017, and will be significantly slimmer than the admittedly already slim version shown off to journalists. So, maybe this time next year, you'll own the only smartphone you'll ever need...

Watch this space. 

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