We have been talking about Google’s modular smartphone for some now.
Currently, called Project Ara, it is a phone that has been designed to allow complete flexibility in every part of the phone, not just the colour, or screen size.
At Google I/O 2016, Blaise Bertrand, the head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group announced that a developer phone will be available for developers to take a look at in the fourth quarter of this year, something that will be followed by a consumer version in 2017.
Not only that, Bertrand also revealed just how much the phone has changed in that time, with a more unified and premium look, with the modules now sitting flush against eachover, instead of the metal grid that Ara previously had.
The current phone has enough space for up to six modules, which can be plugged in or pulling out to swap out functionality. And this is a hot-swap, so to change one you simply go into the settings, eject it and then grab the popped out module, you can even use voice commands such as OK Google, eject the speaker” or “OK Google, eject the camera”.
Google have partnered with a number of partners such as Toshiba, Gotenna, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
We don’t yet know much, but we will be sure to update you when we do. In the meantime take a look at Project Ara via the video below.