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Google to test its first modular smartphone in Puerto Rico

Google says it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware.

By:AP
| Updated on: Jan 15 2015, 11:32 IST
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Google says it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware.

The company said Wednesday that it will partner with Mexico-based carrier Claro and local carrier Open Mobile.

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Google marketing executive Jessica Beavers said Puerto Rico was chosen in part because more than 90% of households on the island of nearly 3.7 million people use a cellphone and 77% of Internet access occurs through mobile devices.

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Google would manufacture and sell the phone frame as well as modules created by individual manufacturers that can be added to it like Legos. Modules would range from a screen to a camera to speakers to even a pedometer, depending on people's needs.

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First Published Date: 15 Jan, 11:30 IST
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