Currently targeted for January 2015 is a $50 modular smartphone which would include the Ara chassis, low-end processor, a display, Android OS, a battery, and WiFi. Google’s Project Ara would use components that are held by electro-permanent magnets. The modules would attach as Phonebloks to an endoskeleton. Additional modules could be easily attached such as new displays, processor, additional batteries, or storage.
One hurdle they are working to overcome is regarding the Android operating system which doesn’t currently support modular components and they are working on drivers to be developed to have it all work.
Check out additional information and photos on gizmag:
- Project Ara modular smartphone to get off the blocks in early 2015
- Project Ara: Motorola’s vision for a modular smartphone
- Phonebloks concept imagines a modular smartphone