Google's vision for the future of smartphones is about to become a reality, with its long-awaited Project Ara modular smartphone finally set for release this summer.
The news was revealed by the little-known smartphone manufacturer Yezz at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. Yezz unveiled a range of modules that will work with Ara, although it's unclear how many of them will actually be available come the supposed August 2015 release date. But with the likes of NFC chips, storage modules and even a gaming controller on show, it looks as if there'll be no shortage of options.
The modules will connect to the smartphone body via magnets, and will stay attached until the users gives a command to separate them.
Speaking to Pocket-Lint, Yezz said it would be "contributing to [Ara's] vast accessibility, collaborating to establish a viable module marketplace that will allow for optimum customisation". Yezz won't be the only manufacturer to be involved with the project, but it's definitely one of the first to announce compatible modules.
So if all goes to plan in Puerto Rico, where Ara is currently being trialled, we could be able to get our tinkering mitts on the finished product in a little over six months. We'd better start writing our list of the various modules we want.
Update: Yezz has issued this statement: "Google nor Yezz have made a statement regarding to an official launch date or month. The Puerto Rico pilot launch will be later this year and there have been no formal announcements regarding an international launch beyond the Puerto Rico pilot. The Pocket-Lint article has been revised".