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Project Ara consumer smartphone coming in 2017

The development of Google’s Project Ara initiative has not gone as smoothly as was originally planned, although work on the modular smartphone platform is still very much ongoing. At the recent Google I/O developer conference, the search engine giant made it clear that 2017 is now the target for a Project Ara consumer device.

Work on Project Ara first started in 2013, but whilst Google remains committed to developing the platform, there have been some significant changes. Project Ara will no longer be as modular as was first intended, and it will not be possible for core components to be swapped.

What these changes mean in practical terms is that the main body of the Project Ara smartphone will contain a display, CPU, GPU, battery, antennas and sensors. All of these components will be fixed, with modularity restricted to items like the camera, fingerprint reader, speakers, additional display and optional accessories.

[via Ars Technica]