Initially a Motorola project that was ultimately unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Project Ara has been an intriguing project that has been on our radar for years now.
For those unfamiliar, Project Ara is an ambitious program designed to create an entire hardware ecosystem for smartphone modules.
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So, for example, if a particular user needed an upgraded camera, they would simply swap out their existing camera module for a more advanced version.
And while the first incarnations of Project Ara envisioned users being able to swap out all sorts of components, from a device s RAM to its processor, Google wisely reconsidered and has since limited the number of swappable modules.
With Google I/O still ongoing — it is a 3-day event after all — the search giant today announced that it s almost ready to let developers start playing with its long-awaited modular smartphone.
In fact, Google said that progress on Project Ara is encouraging enough that they ve decided to spin it out as its own dedicated business unit.