More information about Google’s Project Ara smartphone has surfaced. Project Director Paul Eremenko has said that the first fully operational prototype of the device will be shown at the second Project Ara developers conference in December. This prototype will also show off the hot swap option, which allows the modules to be changed without turning off the device.
It was first announced that Project Ara would have the option for a battery change without turning the device off; a feature that many smartphone users wish they could use. With the help of Linaro, a non-profit organisation, and a modified version of Android L, the smartphone will be able to alter its configuration on the fly. This would mean that the phone could instantly swap out storage modules in case one runs out of memory, or have multiple camera modules on hand depending on the situation.
Google is also planning to create a store that sells these modules, providing a centralised place for users to find what they need. More importantly, Project Ara will apparently be pushing for an early 2015 market launch.