Project Ara Spiral 3 and Market Pilot scheduled to debut in Puerto Rico in the second quarter of 2015
Few days ago we reported on the Blocks, the first full-customizable modular smartwatch, now we feel glad to announce the upcoming premiere of the world’s first modular smartphone. The Project Ara, announced at today’s Project Are Developer Conference, is scheduled to debut in Puerto Rico sometime in the second quarter of 2015 where it will be tested for any flaws. Later this year, the highly innovative handset will be introduced to the US market.
Spiral 3 and Market Pilot – Project Ara Timeline
Puerto Rico is surely a quite exotic place for the phone’s premiere, but the Google team explains that this island territory is rich in various wireless carriers from both Americas which creates perfect conditions for testing.
Today, the second edition of the Project Ara phone has been launched for developers so that they could start to work on enhancing it. The Spiral 2, which is how this edition is called, revealed details concerning the magnets of modules and the way the modules are attached to the main body carrying a display. At this point, the developing team is also working on the marketplace UI design and carrier relationship.
The Spiral 2 will be followed by the Spiral 3, which will be accompanied by the Market Pilot. Other than that, Google promises that the next gen prototype called Spiral 3 will feature an improved camera specs, 4G LTE connectivity and all-day battery. The mentioned Market Pilot is said to take place in Puerto Rico in partnership with local service providers, Open Mobile and Claro.
There are many reasons explaining why Google chosen this location for the Ara Project’s premiere, but the most important one is the fact that the University of Puerto has entered the ATAP Multi-University Research Agreement. This agreement provides Google with necessarily research support for developing the Ara and other projects in the Google ATAP environment.
Additionally, Puerto Rico’s free trade zones enable the manufacturer to import modules from the project’s developers from all over the world avoiding piles of formalities.
As for the availability, the international premiere of the Project Are is dependent on the Puerto Rico Market Pilot which is expected to unveil all weak points of the system. Pricing details are still something of a mystery, put the company says that price will depend on the prices of particular modules, just as in the case of the Block, adding that initially they plan to release at least 20 to 30 modules in 10 categories, with some of them available on contract.
source: Project Ara