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Expect to see Project Ara’s building block phones in January 2015

Customising our phones to our lifestyles is an attractive idea especially as many features are left unused on all of our handsets. January 2015 sees a very exciting product launch that will let us do exactly that, hopefully.
Project Ara, as Google is calling it, is a phone, with modular inputs. This will let us install our own modular components. This can be anything from a camera, Bluetooth or a bigger battery.
Each feature will be a smooth pebble-like tile with small pins to insert into what we have seen so far, the screen. If you don’t need a bigger battery, don’t buy one. If taking pictures isn’t for you, save space by not installing the module.
There are apparently several different sizes on its way – small, medium and large. These correspond to the size of a normal mobile, smart phone and then phablet. The modules will be available from Google-run online stores.
With swappable modules, Google is hoping this will extend the lifespan of the phone up to six years. Presently, phones barely last two years, before a replacement is released.
So longevity and simple module-based customisation – what’s not to love