It's been a long time since we've heard anything on Project Ara, which is what Google is calling the "modular phone". The concept behind this new smartphone is that the components of your phone can be exchanged almost as easily as the apps you download.
Imagine what it would be like to swap out the speakers on your phone with something else, or higher quality speakers. Or, what it would be like to add in an extra battery so you wouldn't lose power the next time you traveled. That's what Project Ara is all about, and Google has just announced some big news about when we can all expect it.
Developers are expected to receive the first versions of this phone as early as next fall, although there have been many changes from the version that was originally pitched by Google.
Originally, Google proposed a framework that was entirely open but has now decided to use a set of components like RAM, storage and screen size. Customers will then be able to customize other components, like e-ink display screens for notifications, alternative camera options, fingerprint readers, microphones, etc.
Eventually, Google hopes to introduce other components that will benefit users in ways that have never been thought of before. Things like a glucometer, for example, which could help diabetics monitor their glucose levels.
The possibilities of these interchangeable modules could completely transform the way we use our devices on a daily basis. But what do you think? Will this trend catch on? Let us know in the comments.