Google’s DIY smart­phone set for Jan­uary 2015 launch …It will cost N8,100

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola, with agency re­ports

Google’s much-an­tic­i­pated mod­u­lar smart­phone could be avail­able in Jan­uary 2015 for as lit­tle as $50 (£30), the com­pany has said.

The Project Ara ‘Grey Phone’ will con­sist of a sim­ple frame, screen, Wi-Fi con­nec­tion and pro­ces­sor with users able to cus­tomise it with var­i­ous plug-in mod­ules, colours and ac­ces­sories.

Paul Ere­menko, Google’s Project Ara head, re­vealed the date to at­ten­dees at the com­pany’s de­vel­oper con­fer­ence last week and has out­lined fur­ther plans for the de­vice.

‘It’s called the Grey Phone be­cause it’s meant to be drab grey to get people to cus­tomise it,’ Mr Ere­menko said.

The phones will be able run on mul­ti­ple bat­ter­ies - when one bat­tery dies, it can be de­tached and re­placed with a full bat­tery mod­ule.

Lower-res­o­lu­tion cam­eras can be swapped with higher-res ver­sions, and users

Google’s mod­u­lar smart­phone could be avail­able in Jan­uary 2015 for as lit­tle as $50 (£30).

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier de­vel­oper kit, Ara phones will be able run on mul­ti­ple bat­ter­ies - when one bat­tery dies, it can be de­tached and re­placed with a full bat­tery mod­ule.

Each phone will have a cen­tral ‘spine’ and an en­doskele­ton - nick­named ‘endo’ - made of ribs that the in­di­vid­ual mod­ules will clip on to.

There will be three dif­fer­ent sized en­dos - in­clud­ing mini, medium and large - to ri­val the ex­ist­ing range of phones cur­rently on the mar­ket, from com­pacts to ph­ablets.

Larger phones will be able to ac­co­mo­date ei­ther larger, or additional mod­ules, than the mini will.

Google’s kit de­scribes var­i­ous mod­ules in­clud­ing bat­ter­ies, Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth chips, cam­eras, speak­ers and more.

In the­ory, any sen­sor that can be fit­ted to a mod­ule will be able to at­tach to a mod­ule and while Google will make the shell, these mod­ules will be made by other com­pa­nies.

By print­ing their own parts, users will also be able to cus­tomise them.

By print­ing their own parts, users will also be able to cus­tomise them.

Google has re­vealed each phone will have a cen­tral ‘spine’ and an en­doskele­ton - nick­named ‘endo’ - made of ribs that the in­di­vid­ual mod­ules will clip on to.

A lady dis­plays GSMA award won by LG elec­tron­ics at the last Mo­bil World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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