In Brief

Google announces pilot testing of its 'fixed-cost, fixed-feature' smartphone nemesis

In 2011, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team began to imagine a different type of smartphone—one with interchangeable parts. Named Project Ara, Google’s initiative to build a modular smartphone has now come to swappable fruition.

At developers’ conferences on January 14 and 21, Google announced product pilot testing in Puerto Rico and unveiled its first Project Ara advertisement, suggesting that the low-cost phone will hit markets later this year, with the lofty goal of democratizing mobile technology.

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