Google sends out free Project Ara Prototypes to 100 beta testers

Google sends out free Project Ara Prototypes to 100 beta testersGoogle’s Project ARA is progressing at a steady pace and as the next stage of the project, Google is sending out 100 free Project ARA prototypes to beta testers. This would be the first time the company has sent out these prototypes outside its ATAP team, so the beta testers should consider themselves extremely lucky.

It’s been a year since Google unveiled the project to the public and the company even tried booting, (we say tried, because they were not quite successful) the prototype at Google I/O last month. While attendees were not able to get their hands on a fully functional prototype, it still shows that the project is reaching new heights and with some refinement, it could soon end up in the market.

Sending out these units to beta testing marks a new stage for the project and it is said by next year, developers will be able to refine these units for the final stage. Google announced these special 100 beta testers on its dscout page. We said they were quite lucky because the company claims that they had over 90,000 users who had signed up for being a scout.

Google had to say the following with regards to this announcement. “Since October 2013, over 90,000 have signed up to make Project Ara a reality. Your passion and creativity were – and are – instrumental in turning an idea into a product. As promised, the 100 most active Ara scouts will be among the first to receive a phone – gratis. We couldn’t have done it without you!”

Although the company has not yet revealed when the first market modular phone will make it to the market, it did say that the developers will work on the prototype for around 8 months to refine it.

“Over the next 8 months, Google will continue to refine the Ara prototype. When it ships, we’ll need your feedback and advice once more. In the meantime, there’s plenty more to do!”

So with the current pace of development and overall progress, it looks like we could see the final version of the product by 2015.

However, Google’s Project Ara team did have one setback recently. The team head, Dan Makoski announced that he would be leaving Project Ara to join Capital One as the VP of Design. With regards to this departure, Makoski said that he would miss the free lunches and subsidized lunches along with other perks from the company in his personal blog.

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