GOOGLE HAS NAMED the first 100 people who will get to test its modular Project Ara smartphone ahead of its likely release in March.
Over 90,000 people applied to become a Project Ara "scout," and Google named the 100 that have been selected to try out the device - which they will receive for free - on Thursday.
The firm said on its dedicated website, "Since October 2013, over 90,000 have signed up to make Project Ara a reality. Your passion and creativity were - and are - instrumental in turning an idea into a product. As promised, the 100 most active Ara scouts will be among the first to receive a phone - gratis."
The full list of Project Ara "scouts" can be viewed at dscout.com, which reveals that five of the 100 chosen are based in the UK.
As well as naming its beta testers, Google has hinted that Project Ara will make its debut in March 2015, saying that it will spend the next eight months working on the prototype.
Google said, "Over the next 8 months, [we] will continue to refine the Ara prototype. When it ships, we'll need your feedback and advice once more. In the meantime, there's plenty more to do!"
Project Ara was unveiled last October as a modular phone that lets users swap out parts individually. For example, users after longevity will be able to kit out their device with a larger battery, while those after speed can equip it with a faster processor.
Google has also said that users will be able to select the materials used to build their custom devices. µ