Google's new modular phone is here: The idea? Taking the personalization of your smartphone to a new level.
Project Ara smartphones will let people mix and match hardware parts, such as cameras or screens, and snap them together like Legos.
Google's second prototype under Ara, the Spiral 2, can hold up to eight different modules on its rear side.
For its final version, Google promises all modules will be interchangeable, which might allow users to put a camera in the place where it best fits her/his needs.
Individual parts -- like cameras, screens or processors -- snap onto the phone's frame.
That means you could theoretically choose a camera from one manufacturer, a display from another, and a processor from yet another hardware maker to build the specific phone want.
Different modules have different sizes and each one has only one connection. It is necessary that each connection ties in with the skeleton of the phone to work properly. For example, in this picture we can see in the lower end the display module from the back.
Google wants to take customization to another level. Each module can be customized with a color, a pattern, a photo or a drawing.
The probabilities are endless, so each phone can be unique.
At the top we find the module that integrates various sensors and speaker to hear during a call. The design of the module can also be customized to suit your taste. Here we see a strawberry pattern.
Google's Spiral 2 is not the thinnest of them all, but its not a thick phone either.
Holding it from the side you can see its different modules.
A phone's thickness may vary according to what goes in each module. In this particular phone we could see what a large battery would look like.
In a way it reminded us of some Nokia phones at a smaller scale.
Google's Spiral 2 currently houses a 5-megapixel camera, but this can easily be changed in the future for, say, a 13-megapixel one by only replacing one module.
If you are a fan of zebras, you can opt for a design like this (pictured). But the look of your phone can change along with your mood.
Google said it will start a market pilot program in Puerto Rico for the Ara phones beginning later this year. The company will use the data to plan for a planned global launch at some point in the future.
Google wants its trucks to offer a real "experience."
These will not only showcase different modular phones, but will offer free Internet access and other incentives to lure more people to its phones.