Google is working with open-source development organization Linaro to develop a special edition of Android for the Project Ara customizable smartphone.
Project Ara is Google’s ATAP project for providing modular phone system. i-e users can get configurable smartphone with empty phone frame and screen by paying $50, and they can snap on or take out modular parts from the rear of the handset to add or remove features.
A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.
Android can already plug and play SD cards. But Grey said additional OS functionality is needed for storage, cameras and other modules that are typically inside smartphones, but can now be externally added to Project Ara.