First unveiled back in 2013, Google‘s Project Ara modular smartphone has largely remained under wraps until now; it was revealed today by the tech giant at its Project Ara Module Developers Conference that it would soon be launching a “pilot” for the design — exclusively in Puerto Rico. Google is currently planning to sell the Ara’s chassis and individual modules at local carriers and via a mobile fleet of trucks in the latter part of 2015. Currently in the “Spiral 2” stage of the project, Ara’s current state supports both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity while Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects arm is looking to add support for 4G LTE and working on both carrier and developer deals that would allow the unique device and its customizable additions to hit the market on a broader scale. Ultimately, the Puerto Rican pilot market will go a long way toward helping Google determine the cost of the device and whether or not consumers are receptive to the idea of purchasing a multitude of separate pieces to customize their own individual smartphone.
Stay tuned for more developments as Google’s ATAP group has yet another Project Ara event planned for Asia on January 21 and, in the meantime, check out our best look yet at the modular smartphone above.
- The Verge