Google brings modular smartphone Macaw Project this year in Puerto Rico




Google wants consumers this year to test a prototype of Project Ara. That the search giant announced on his Ara Developers Conference. Google therefore keeps a pilot in the Latin American country Puerto Rico.

On a slide that CEO Paul Eremenko showed, it appeared that Google is aiming for this year after the Spiral 2 still make a third prototype -prototype, after the test in Puerto Rico has yet to start this year. After that place the ‘launch’ after 2015, presumably so in 2016, although Eremenko not appointed.

Google wants to do the pilot to get to questions, the answers now, as some consumers ‘feel’ to the modular phone and what can be improved. Also wants the search giant prevent people regret choices for certain modules. Google also wants to see how Ara should be priced.

The third prototype is no longer a soc Marvell or Nvidia, but specifically designed for this purpose soc Rockchip with Cortex A7 cores and native UniPro support. Nevertheless, Google expects that an Ara-phone a quarter more energy than a regular Android smartphone.

Technicians from Motorola and Google have been working for several years on Project Ara. It will not be the first modular phone on the market are: an Israeli company tried previously called Modu, but that has not thrown an excellent chance.


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