Project Ara to be with developers by end of 2016

I’ve been excited about Google’s Project Ara for a long time now. The project has been under way for almost two years now with multiple deadlines postponed one after the other. The latest deadlines show that the device will be out for developers to try this autumn and a consumer-ready product will be out sometime next year.

In celebration of the news, Google released this promo video for Project Ara.

The video stresses on the modularity of Project Ara. It shows swappable features such as camera, sound, battery, secondary display and other mods. Compared to earlier reports, it seems the main tech such as the display, processing power, storage and phone features will be standardised and unswappable.

As per new reports, 30 odd people inside Google are said to be using Ara prototypes as primary devices. The company claims to have “all key components of the platform”. Partners for the project include Panasonic, TDK, iHealth, E Ink, Toshiba, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Samsung.

The developer edition of the device will come with a 5.3-inch display and will run Android. There will be six modules on the back, which will all have the same connectors and thus will be able to be moved into various slots as necessary. Ejection of the modules is said to be software-controlled, meaning you might say something like “OK Google, eject the camera” and that’s what will follow.

A lot of negativity has surrounded Project Ara since its inception in 2014, especially since it has been delayed a few times now. Here’s a peek at some key presentations of the device over the past 24 months.

This was its historic prototype demo in 2014.

And this was when it was demoed at Google I/O 2015.

This was the last teaser we saw of the product at the end of last year.

Well, what do you think? I’m thoroughly excited about the device and cannot wait for a time when products are going to look like this. You can stay up to date with all thing Ara by registering here.