Google to launch modular smartphone with switchable parts

Project Ara smartphone with swappable modules for the battery, camera, speakers and over 20 other bits to be trialled in Puerto Rico

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone is to go on sale in Puerto Rico this year as trial for what the company considers to be the next evolution of the smartphone.

The Ara smartphone shell consists of a frame into which nine or so modules can be inserted, adding, removing or upgrading functionality without having to buy a new smartphone. The frame is designed to last five to six years.

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