Last year we see a radical design of a phone that has been made a reality project by Google; the modular phone Project Ara. Other than being a showcase of what Google can do with its partners and its software, it shows the world also that our phones doesn’t have to be hardware un-upgradeable. It includes the basic idea of swapping out a battery, but you can choose the size of a battery. Not only that you have multiple slots to play with making it a true modular phone; something you can use to create whatever you can dream of in a smartphone, your ideal smartphone. What is impressive on Google’s part is that it was only a concept on a drawing board last year and it is looking to go into production later this year or so.
So close, yet so far Google hasn’t announced when this device will start selling to us yet. Google though have moved this project into third party development stage at this time. Google, about a month ago were already inviting people to send in applications to develop on the Google Project Ara board. Developers who gets selected can develop just about any hardware items that would fit the Google Project Ara device. Of course to develop on the device Google would have to go through the backgrounds, history and expertise of the applicants first. But that being said, the Project Ara is one step closer to production and though this news may not affect us users much, it does mean that Google is on track with the project and we would get to see one within the promised timeline. Keep your fingers crossed everyone.