A modular Smartphone? Hell yeah! When people first heard of Project Ara, they were in awe. Struck with amazement and wonder, we asked ourselves the most basic question, "How much is this going to cost?" Apparently, not that much. Google expects their modular phones born out of Project Ara to cost as little as $50. Of course, the company might very well be talking about a basic module, perhaps the one that includes the SoC board. We'll have to add battery, display, storage etc. In it, which could take the cost to... Well, the sky's the limit here. But of course, that's the whole point of creating a modular Smartphone, isn't it?
"The question was basically, could we do for hardware what Android and other platforms have done for software? Which means lower the barrier to entry to such a degree that you could have tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of developers as opposed to just five or six big [manufacturers] that could participate in the hardware space." - Paul Eremenko, Google ATAP
According to Eremenko, a fully functioning prototype is just weeks away, and a market ready version will be available in Q1 2015.