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You're going to have to wait for Google's modular smartphone

Developed by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), the Ara project is a modular smartphone that is economical, ecological and customizable.

| Updated on: Aug 19 2015, 11:55 IST
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Google's Ara phone project is really cool. The idea is to create a modular smartphone with easily swappable components -- processor, memory, camera, microsoft, 3G chip, and more. Any of these, including the screen, can be replaced if they're damaged or if you want to improve the phone's performance. Now, the project, which was supposed to be released later this year, has been pushed back.

Google explained on Twitter that Ara required more tests and simulations than expected and the launch of this new kind of smartphone will now happen sometime in 2016. Despite all of this, several partners are already working on compatible modules for the phone.

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In early 2015, a prototype referred to as Spiral 2 was presented that was supposed to soon be perfected and sold in several test markets before the end of the year.

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First Published Date: 19 Aug, 11:16 IST