Sadly, even though smartphones have come a long way and - thankfully - are more durable than ever, there's still one fatal flaw. When one part of your smartphone breaks, the entire thing has to be replaced.
Let's say you want a better camera in your Android phone. Now, you need to buy a new phone. Or maybe your iPhone battery is worn out and you need a new one. You have to buy a new iPhone.
But not for long, if Google has anything to say about it. Google has recently partnered with Globant, a company that specializes in delivering "innovative software" to make Project Ara's marketplace for parts a reality.
Project Ara is a brilliant look at how we currently view our smartphones. Instead of buying a standard phone, you can customize your phone to your needs.
The idea behind Project Ara is that your phone is made up of blocks and each block does something unique. So, you have a storage block, a camera block, a battery block, a cellular block, and so forth.
Like a desktop computer, you can upgrade blocks as new ones come out or as blocks break. If things start to slow down, you could just order a new processor to speed them right up again.
It also means you can customize your phone. Do you use your phone to take pictures? Slap in a high-end camera block and a large storage block to hold the photos.
Want a long-lasting phone built just to make voice calls? Replace the camera and other unneeded blocks with a second battery, a better antenna and a high-quality microphone and speaker.
If Ara is successful, you might not even need to buy another cellphone. Click here to see how this new phone could last forever.
And now that Google has partnered with Globant, the online store where you can buy parts for your Ara will be looking a lot like the Google Play Store for music, apps and other digital media.
It will also be structured to give customer feedback, reviews and recommendations on different Project Ara parts when you're ready to change or replace your phone parts.