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Over 100 Project Ara components to be revealed at MWC 2015

Individual components from Google's modular smartphone venture, Project Ara, will be laid out for the public to touch, pick up, and fiddle around with at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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Will Project Ara be greater than the sum of its parts? / © PhoneBlocks

There will reportedly be over 100 prototype Ara components displayed at MWC. While the components are not expected to be in working order, there will be demonstrations of an Ara device in action.

Interestingly, Google isn't taking its traditional route of teaming up with major manufacturers like Samsung, LG and HTC to carry out this ambitious project. Instead, the initial Ara components that'll be shown in Barcelona will come from a manufacturer called Yezz - a little-known company which until now has made phones mainly for the Latin-American markets.

The partnership with Yezz is likely connected to Google's decision to launch a pilot scheme for Project Ara in Puerto Rico later in 2015. Yezz has a manufacturing plant in Ecuador and its HQ are in Miami, making it relatively local to Ara's Caribbean testing ground.

AndroidPIT will be at MWC from beginning to end (March 2-5), so we'll be looking to get our hands on Project Ara - all 100 pieces of it - and see for ourselves what all the fuss is about. Check out our dedicated MWC 2015 page for all the latest news and rumors about the event as we build up to it.

Is Ara the future of smartphones, or is it more likely to remain a plaything of interest to tech enthusiasts and tinkerers?

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  • Bojan M. Feb 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Well, it's certainly a very interesting idea, to say the least. I predict it to be my next phone, if all goes well (and if it's out in the open in the next 1-2 years).

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