Time magazine has a great long-form read on Google’s modular smartphone initiative, Project Ara, which includes some basic release information. While the company is still toiling away at a working prototype ahead of its Ara developer conference in April, Google hopes to have handsets ready for commercial release by Q1 2015. The base model Ara smartphone will retail for $50 but contain only the most core components – which means no cellular connectivity in favour of a Wi-Fi radio.
The article is well worth a complete read to gain some insight into Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, the former Motorola division not sold to Lenovo founded by ex-DARPA employees. For the tl;dr crowd, we’ve included salient Ara information from the article after the jump.