Project Ara: Google Wants Your Phone to Go to Pieces
Google also announced that Chinese chip manufacturer Rockchip will provide the central processor for the device, which will be housed in a single, removable “application processor” module alongside the graphics processor and main flash drive. It was unclear as of mid-December whether the cellular antenna and radio components that allow Ara to serve as a phone will be contained within a single module or spread out over several. However, Project Ara director Paul Eremenko tells IEEE Spectrum that the phone will be capable of 4G LTE connectivity when it launches. Other basic offerings are expected to include display modules that serve as the screen, as well as battery, microphone, speaker, and camera modules.