Google has revealed that the island territory of Puerto Rico will be the location for the first Project Ara market pilot. The modular smartphone system is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. territory sometime in 2015.
The market pilot plans were revealed as part of Google's second Module Developers Conference today. Project Ara Director Paul Eremenko said the team picked Puerto Rico for a variety of reasons, including the fact that over 75% of the island's residents access the Internet via mobile devices.
While the market pilot is scheduled to begin later this year, Google's ATAP division still has a lot of work to do on the hardware and software front with Project Ara. The current prototype, Spiral 2, will later be succeeded by a more advanced version, Spiral 3. Google says that prototype will have features like an all-day battery, a more advanced camera, 4G LTE support and more. Google would not comment about prices for Project Ara phones, saying they will depend on the prices of the modules themselves.
During a Q&A after the keynote, Google reps stated that they did not know when Project Ara will be ready for a global launch. so the rest of the world might have to wait a while to get their hands on their product.
Source: Project Ara