A year and a half ago at Ara developers conference, Google announced that the Ara phone market pilot would be released in Puerto Rico at the end of 2015. Special trucks, similar to food trucks, would deliver phones and modules to users in different localities and neighbourhoods within Puerto Rico.
Now we know that plans have changed. After more than a year of silence Google revealed new schedule. Developer kits will be shipped during the 4th quarter of 2016. The first consumer-ready modular phones will be available in 2017, probably in different countries.
The latest info about the price was received pretty long time ago, over a year. A lot has changed since then. At the time it was announced that the cheapest base version of the Ara phone was set at about $50-$100. Individual modules would vary in price from $10 to $300 or even higher, depending on module functionality.
Now, with processor, RAM and memory included into the base frame, we estimate that the frame might be priced at $150-$250, the modules will still have a very broad price range.
At the second Ara developers conference Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team announced that the Ara phone market pilot would be released in Puerto Rico in 2015. Special trucks, similar to food trucks, will be used for delivering phones and modules to users. The mobility of the trucks will help to deliver the pilot to the different localities and neighbourhoods within Puerto Rico.
The cheapest base version of the Ara phone is set to be priced at about $50. Individual modules will vary in price. The phones and the modules will be packed into nicely looking kits. According to Jessica Beavers from Google ATAP marketing team, customers will be able to buy standard ready-to-go phone kits, or assemble their own unique device using modules they choose.