31 May '16, 3pm

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone is finally being released

We've been covering the idea of a modular smartphone for a while. Initially there was a concept called Phonebloks created by the designer Dave Hakkens that was a fully modular smartphone where all components could be repaired, replaced or upgraded separately, and fit together like LEGO pieces -- basically an eternally improvable phone that would cut down on the e-waste generated by the current market of yearly or bi-yearly phone upgrades. After that, Google announced plans to bring such a phone to the market and called it Project Ara and years later, Google has announced that the modular smartphone will finally be released next year. It will be Google's first phone, designed and manufactured by the tech giant. The Android-powered phone will have a skeleton that houses all of the basic phone functions, including CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, battery and display and then user...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/googles-project-ara-mod...

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