Google’s Project Ara reveals working modular smartphone prototypeac

A new video uploaded to YouTube by design company Phonebloks reveals Google’s latest prototype for its modular smartphone concept – and it works this time.

Google’s Project Ara reveals working modular smartphone prototypeac

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Project Ara is Google’s ambitious plan, conceptualised in October 2013, to build a modular smartphone with interchangeable units. The device so far has a metal endoskeleton with hololowed spaces and a universal bus where various phone hardware parts like the processor, battery, camera or display can be inserted. This way, the user can have a truly customizable phone, at a significantly lower cost.

The newest prototype titled Spiral One, in the video below, is powered up, unlocked and even launches an app. A big step forward from Project Ara’s last demo at Google’s developer event I/O in June, when their then prototype froze a few seconds after booting and refused to do anything else.