We have got some news about Google’s Project Ara, which is their modular smartphone concept. The modular handset will be available next year and the most basic version is set to retail for $50.
This basic variant will feature WiFi out of the box, but users will be able to add more modules if they like. Google is looking to build a platform for developers to create their own modules for the device. The main device will be built by Google and is more or less an endoskeleton constructed out of aluminium. This endoskeleton allows the different modules to talk to each other and users will be able to add and remove modules as they see fit.
Earlier this week Google gave more details about the device. They will be holding a trio of developer conferences focused on the project. The first Ara developers conference will be held on April 15-16 and will be streamed online. At the event Google will unveil the first Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK) which will allow developers to talk to another.
While most of the modules can be added where users see fit the antenna module has to be installed in a certain place as its position affects the signal. Modules on the front of the device will be secured with latches while modules on the back will be held into place by magnets.
This will be a very interesting project to follow.
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