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Google's project Ara lands in January 2015

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At the first developer conference dedicated to the concept of a modular cell phone Ara, Google's head of the project Paul Eremenko gave the first clues about the possible occurrence of the devices on the market. As he publicly announced before the audience on the first day of the conference, mobile phone Ara should go on sale in January next year. Basic package should include the motherboard, and with it the screen, Wi-Fi and processor modules. Such a device with core functionality cost only $ 50, while other modules would be available for purchase to customers who make their mobile phone adapted to their own needs.

Currently the code name of the project of the first such phone is Grey Phone, because it is designed as a "dull gray" product which would users could make interesting by adding various modules such as GPS, cameras, bluetooth modules, additional speakers or batteries and other pieces. In addition to the development of the first modular phone, the Google aim to create an ecosystem around the core conceived in that way that external hardware manufacturers can add their creative modules with even greater possibilites.

 It is estimated that one motherboard, a kind of skeleton of a modular phone user could serve five to six years, during which it would be possible to add more and better accessories. Additional modules would be purchased through special shops like the existing app stores, announced Eremenko.

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