So it's entirely possible that an Ara phone you can actually buy is closer than you think. It's possible, but it's far from guaranteed, especially since the world remains skeptical about the ambitious project after the first prototype failed to boot up when it was announced. But it looks like Google's made some progress, and the third design "spiral" is set to be released in January 2015, with a consumer version to follow—maybe. No word yet on when the Army's (hopefully camouflaged) version will hit the battlefield, though. [Phonebloks]