Genius may be a term in the smartphone world that is most commonly associated with Apple, but it seems that Google is looking for a crack team of geniuses at the moment to make sure it can get its ambitious Project Ara off the ground.

The project was first announced earlier this year, and it involves users purchasing just the shell of a smartphone rather than a completed model, with the theory being that they buy hardware they want to attach and build their own smartphone to their own spec requirements.

And now that Google is in the latter stages of getting the phone ready for its rumoured 2015 release, it has now said that it is looking to hand out the first of the devices to developers to give them a headstart on working on innovative new software and hardware for the phone.

It's not going to be easy to get your hands on one though. For those who want to be among the first to ever try out Project Ara, it will come down to proving yourself to Google. It is asking prospective developers to apply for a handset with an idea, outlining what they plan to do to make Project Ara stand out.

So what do you want to see on the smartphone of the 21st century? For most of us, a camera, an NFC chip and a few choice apps are enough to make the smartphone a device that we can barely go an hour without touching, but in the future it could be the case that we have any number of unexpected modules to add to the device. 

Want a heart rate monitor to turn your handset into a perfect and accurate workout tracker? It could well be there. Looking for something to record your music at a high quality? No doubt someone will make it happen.

The beauty of Project Ara is that it remains, for the moment, this mystical and futuristic ambitious concept from Google that we know little about. But with the company now looking to push out the hardware to developers at this stage, it may not be all that long until we get the chance to see what Ara really is all about. ADNFCR-2155-ID-801735794-ADNFCR

Written by Mazuma

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