Project Ara has been in the pipeline for what feels like forever (in reality it was first detailed in December 2013), initially being a Motorola production before becoming one of Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP), er, projects.
There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, with the news that the first Project Ara phone, the Spiral 2, will launch in Puerto Rico later this year.
For those unfamiliar with Project Ara, it’ll essentially allow users to customise their phones down to each individual component, so you fit the battery, processor and camera – among other things – of your choice.
The Spiral 2 is currently compatible with just 11 Project Ara components, including a 720p display, 3G module, and 5MP rear camera. As such, there’s not too much worth getting jealous about when the Spiral 2 debuts in Puerto Rico – at least not at first.
Google hopes to see the number of compatible Project Ara components rise to 30 by the end of the year, including a 4G module, and an improved rear camera. Damn straight.
Puerto Rico will ultimately serve as a testing ground for Project Ara and the Spiral 2, before eventually moving onto further territories in due course. A 4G-ready Spiral 3 has also been confirmed.
All going well, we should eventually be able to build our own phones from the current crop of high-end components. Imagine being able to swap out a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 for the Snapdragon 810, for example, or jumping from 2GB of RAM to 4GB. Similarly, you could replace your own cracked display in next to no time at all. Google is certainly excited about the Infinite Possibilities (YouTube), and we are too.
For now, it’s over to the 720p, 3G-rockin’, 5MP Spiral 2. Good luck, fella.
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