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Google aims for January 2015 for its Project Ara modular smartphone

Project Ara should arrive by January 2015 if Google can keep it on track

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 16, 2014 at 6:37 am CDT (0 mins, 50 secs time to read)

We're beginning to hear more and more about Google's modular smartphone, Project Ara, as we get deeper into 2014. But when will we see the super-cheap, modular smartphone arrive in our hands? January 2015.

Google aims for January 2015 for its Project Ara modular smartphone | TweakTown.com

Google announced the news at its Project Ara developers conference, with modular smartphones beginning at just $50. Paul Eremenko, Project Lead on the modular smartphone said: "It's called the Gray Phone because it's meant to be drab gray to get people to customize it". And while Project Ara supports Android - of course - Android itself doesn't have the required drivers for the modular smartphone to work.

Eremenko continued: "It's true that Android does not support dynamic hardware today. The good news is that we're Google". The Mountain View-based search giant wants to stay "as hands-off as possible" once the modular smartphone launches in January. Eremenko will be finished with the project by April, leaving it to third-party developers and manufacturers to develop the components. Google will, from behind the scenes, support the ecosystem.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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