Google’s experimental modular smartphone, Project Ara, has been on my radar since it was first announced in October last year. The concept is simple, instead of upgrading your phone every two years to the latest, more powerful model, Project Ara lets you swap out components such as the RAM, Processor, and camera without having to break the bank. Google have only recently unveiled the first working Project Ara prototype but it looks like they’re ready to get the device into people’s hands.
Out of 90,000 people interested in improving Google’s modular smartphone concept, the company has picked the most active 100 to begin beta testing the device, the beta participants are being rewarded with a free Ara handset as a reward for being the most active Project Ara Scout and are based around the US and other parts of the world.
Right now the handset is still well under construction so the testers will unlikely be able to use the phone as a replacement for their current phones, but will get the chance to play around with the device a lot sooner than everyone else. When exactly that will be however has not been revealed.
If you’re bummed you missed out on being a Project Ara beta tester, you don’t have too long to wait as the first Project Ara hansets are expected to be released some time next year.