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I can't wait for Google's modular smartphone to be real

I can't wait for Google's modular smartphone to be real
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The only upcoming Google product that I'm really excited for is revolutionary in a very different way. Smartphones, tablets and many all-in-one PCs have one major flaw: You can't upgrade them.

I've been following Google's Project Ara since it was originally announced, because it might just change everything. Instead of just buying a smartphone, you'll actually be able to build your own smartphone, Lego-style.

A Project Ara phone buyer will first have to buy an endoskeleton or "spine." Project Ara endoskeletons serve as the phone's foundation and come in mini, medium and large sizes.

The size of a Project Ara phone's spine is important because users can easily buy and insert any hardware they want.

Now, any normal person would be worried about how confusing it would be to put together a smartphone. Let me reassure you: A Project Ara will be easier to set up than any gadget that you own.

Take a deep breath and watch this video.

Modules that fit into a Project Ara phone can be anything. You could arm your phone with a spine full of batteries, or turn it into a mini-boom box.

The thing that's really exciting about Project Ara, though, is the fact that it could save everyone money. If a new feature is released, all you'd have to do is to buy a module and slide it into your phone.

The handset will launch this year in Puerto Rico. If it works out, then you should expect to see Project Ara phones on store shelves in 2016.

Want to read more about Google's sometimes-scary innovations? Check out the company's push into school classrooms and its interesting self-driving car.

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Source: Daily Mail
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