Google’s Project Ara modular phone allows users to modify their handsets by adding and removing modules that do all kinds of things. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group recently announced the Spiral 2 at the Project Ara Developers Conference in Mountain View.
Spiral 2 Pricing and Availability
The Spiral 2 will be the first version of the modular phone that will be offered for sale. It will be offered in Puerto Rico later this year. This is as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware based on their needs and interests.
Jessica Beavers, a Google marketing executive, said that Google will partner with Mexico-based carrier Claro and local carrier Open Mobile to offer the product sometime after Q2, and it will be sold from free-standing stores that look like food trucks.
Puerto Rico was chosen in part because more than 90 percent of households on the island of nearly 3.7 million people use a cellphone and 77 percent of Internet access occurs through mobile devices.
“All of this makes for a truly interesting carrier landscape. Mobile devices are a huge part of daily life” in Puerto Rico, said Beavers.
Google also released a video showing how easy it is to turn your phone into a higher specs and model; and how a cracked display can be easily replaced by sliding in a new one.
The pricing of the Spiral 2 is not announce just yet but we will soon update this for you.
Spiral 2 Specs
Talking about he Spiral 2 Specs, the phone will have 720 x 1280 screen resolution, a 5MP camera on board, as well as dual application processors which include the Marvell PXA1928 and the NVIDIA Tegra K1.
The Spiral 2 will feature 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The phone will also have the electro-permanent magnets in the exoskeleton, Micro-USB port, battery, and speaker. The phone includes 11 working modules as of now. Google plans to add up to 20-30 by end of the year. The modules include 3G with Band 2 and 1×1 Band 5 antennas, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Receiver with light and proximity sensors, USB charger module, and a 2×2 battery module.
The MDK 2.0 (Module Developers Kit ) was also released. The module is the latest version of the Module Developers Kit and is available for download via the Project Ara site.
Spiral 2 Design
The design of Spiral 2 is slim with a large display. On the front of the device, it has a receiver module for phone calls that includes a light and proximity sensor, while at the back, there are eight different square and rectangular modules to add different functions to the device.
These modules include a camera, USB charger, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios, and main processor. All the modules are held in place by magnets in its frame. Google plans to produce and sell the phone frame as well as modules created by individual manufacturers that can be added to it like Legos.