Project ARA Unveils Working Prototype

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Google’s modular cell phone, Project ARA may have seemed like an impossibility – how could you really expect to build your own cell phone out of separate parts for processor, RAM, camera, etc? Still in its infancy, Project ARA is real, and the team has shown off a working prototype to prove it.

Released yesterday, Phonebloks paid a visit to the team working on the ARA prototype and provided the following video:

It’s still pretty obvious this is an early prototype, there is some obvious lag in the operation of the OS, but it’s still running!  It’s an incredible first step, and already a much more streamlined system than the earlier mock ups.

The promise of Project ARA is definitely an interesting one, simply hoose your own parts and upgrade any of the individual components at any time. In its current form, I doubt anybody is going to confuse ARA for a high-end phone, but after a few more iterations ARA could provide an attractive alternative for some.

What do you think about Project ARA? Does this prototype make you any more or less excited?  Give us a shout in the comments below, or on your favorite social network.  You can find us on nearly all of them.

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