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Yezz's modular Project Ara pops up at MWC (pictures)

Designed by Google and manufactured by Yezz, mock-ups of the highly anticipated Project Ara modular phone show up at MWC 2015.

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Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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Yezz Project Ara

Google's Project Ara is shaping up to be a really cool look at the future of Android. These modular phones have components, like cameras and processors, that you can swap out to customize your device.

Smartphone maker Yezz is the first company outside of Google to build a Project Ara phone. Let's take a look at it.

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Core components

You get to pick which kind of processor, storage and battery the phone has by picking from the available components.

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Metal base

Everything is held together with the phone's aluminum case.

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Slide-in screen

All of the components of the phone are interchangeable. Here, we see a screen that you can slide onto the front of the module.

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Decide the design

A big selling point of the Project Ara phones is that you can decide which components go where. The camera doesn't need to be at the top, nor does the headphone jack need to be at the bottom.

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Different components for different needs

You can carry around more components than will fit in the phone so that you can swap in when you need them. That means you could add an extra battery in place of the camera when you need more juice.

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Headphone port

All the familiar features are available with the Yezz Project Ara phone, like a headphone jack.

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Colorful designs

Each of the slide-in pieces can also be customized with different colors or designs that you pick, like a favorite photo.

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Add-on accessories

The modular design easily allows for accessories, like this game pad. You can swap out another piece of the phone when you want to use it.

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Not too bulky

With all of the pieces attached, the phone isn't too much bigger than any other smartphone on the market.

This is Google's Project Ara prototype.

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A finished phone

Check out what Google's Project Ara phone looks like all put together.

The Yezz phone won't look too different when it goes to market.

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