A new video from Google shows the latest prototype of its modular phone, which will launch this year in Puerto Rico.

A new video from Google shows the latest prototype of its modular phone, which will launch this year in Puerto Rico. Project Ara emphasizes personalization—“What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?”—but the sustainability implications are also important.

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As our report on the circular economy notes, instead of upgrading smartphones on a regular basis, we could simply swap out damaged our outdated components. A circular economy requires a new approach to design so that waste is taken out of the equation. ZTE is developing its own modular phone, the Eco-Mobius, which the Chinese telecom displayed at CES.