If you are unfamiliar with the concept, a modular phone is a device which allows you to change individual components or ‘modules’. For example, add a big battery and a better camera when you’re going hiking, or add a faster processor when it gets old.
According to Google, the first prototype model with the Rockchip processor will be available in 2015:
In other Ara news, we just kicked off an effort with Rockchip (http://www.rock-chips.com/a/en/index.html) to create a mobile SoC with a native, general-purpose UniPro interface, so that it can function as an application processor in an Ara module without the need for a bridge chip. We view this Rockchip processor as a trailblazer for our vision of a modular architecture where the processor is a node on a network with a single, universal interface–free from also serving as the network hub for all of the mobile device’s peripherals.
Google also told us that we can expect a new MDK release, new developer hardware, as well as their Project Ara focused Developer Conference, later this year.
In other Ara news, the 100 Ara Scouts winners will now be receiving their prototype devices even later, due to a little manufacturing mistake on Google’s part.
Check out the Google+ post here.