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Project Ara, Google's attempt to create a modular smartphone, will be initially released in Puerto Rico this year, the company has revealed. News of the project's initial launch details come at the same time as the search company revealed its second prototype device, an upgraded collection of modules and endoskeleton which it calls Spiral 2.
Google's modular smartphone project will allow users to replace individual modules from the mobile device while it is still running. The majority of Project Ara modules will be hot swappable, with exception to the processor and display, so users will not be required to shut down the device before making any changes to the hardware.
Google's modular smartphone could end up being an extremely cheap device at launch, according to Project Ara lead Paul Eremenko. The basic entry-level model of the device may be priced as low as $50 if Google gets its way, providing customers a touchscreen and basic components it requires to function, though it will just have Wi-Fi instead of radios for a cellular connection.
ZTE demonstrated its own concept for a modular smartphone at CES, one which lets users easily upgrade specific parts of the device. In a similar way to Motorola's Project Ara, the Eco-Mobius has a number of modular sections relating to various functions, allowing for a level of internal customization based on what the user prioritizes in importance and is able to afford.
Gaming hardware producer Razer is looking to update the way people build gaming PCs, by announcing its concept modular gaming system at CES. Project Christine is effectively a large rack that holds modules containing various computer components, in theory enabling users to build, customize, or upgrade their computer without needing any extra technical knowledge.