Google’s Project Ara is an effort to build a modular smartphone platform. The company has developed a hardware design that involves a smartphone skeleton which can use a series of modules for everything from the processor to the display.
If all goes according to plan, Google could begin shipping smartphone skeletons next year, and the company is hoping to attract developers to create modules for the platform.
Google has been showing off the concept for a while, but at the first Project Ara Developer Conference today, Google showed us what Ara phones might look like when they’re actually ready to ship.
The Project Ara form factor prototype features a mid-sized smartphone screen, a series of modules that fit into the back, and modules with a sort of red camouflage pattern.
Users can slide out any of the modules without any tools — so if you want to remove the WiFi module and insert a pulse oximeter, you can do that.
The prototype features an application module processor with a TI OMAP 4460 processor and a microSD card so you have something to hold the operating system and apps.
You can find more details about the Project Ara effort (and some better pictures) at The Verge.