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Google’s Project Ara module magnets don’t work [Updated]

Google’s Project Ara module magnets don’t work [Updated]

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone just can't catch a break, with plans to use fancy electropermanent magnets scrapped after they struggled in testing. The Ara team had planned to use an innovative new module attachment system with, it was promised, the flexibility of a magnet but the power-efficiency of more physical connectors. Turns out, though, that technology wasn't quite ready for primetime.

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Project Ara delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

Project Ara delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

It seems that the dream has officially been delayed. The Project Ara team has officially confirmed what was already foreshadowed in yesterday's tweets. The modular smartphone won't be coming this year. Instead, it will have a 2016 launch which still has no new timeline. And instead of doing it outside of the country, the first Project Ara smartphone might be launched somewhere in mainland US instead. Naturally, despite its best efforts to assuage fears, the delays would inevitably worry not just fans but also existing and potential hardware partners.

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Project Ara might have hit a snag, Puerto Rico launch ditched

Project Ara might have hit a snag, Puerto Rico launch ditched

It's probably too premature to sound the alarm, but Project Ara might be further delayed than it already is. Although more positively and warmly welcomed than Google Glass, Project Ara is also more ambitious and more experimental, which makes sudden shifts in plans not that surprising but still nerve-wracking. Without much explanation, Project Ara is practically saying that it will no longer have its pilot launch in Puerto Rico, maybe not even this year anymore. At the same time, the team reassures the public that it won't be going the way of Google Glass.

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nexpaq fulfills the Project Ara dream in a smartphone case

nexpaq fulfills the Project Ara dream in a smartphone case

Although a lot of progress has been made on the Project Ara modular smartphone, its fate as a commercial product is still unknown until the day it lands in the market. In the meantime, those who believe in the modular dream might opt to bid their time by supporting this nexpaq Kickstarter. No, it's not another attempt at a modular smartphone. Instead, it is an attempt to deliver some of that same promise through a modular smartphone case that could, in theory, work with any smartphone, with a few caveats.

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Intersoft’s Project Ara modules: radiation sensor, multi SIM

Intersoft’s Project Ara modules: radiation sensor, multi SIM

The great thing about the Project Ara modular smartphone idea is that the very thing you use to play Clash of Clans could very well be the same thing that saves your life. A smartphone for every day use can, with a few swaps here and there, turn into a portable med lab or, in this case, a radiation sensing instrument to warn users of danger. The latter will be thanks to a new module that Russian tech company Intersoft has been developing. And it isn't the only thing it has in the works either.

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Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

"We did it!", says Toshiba. And given the difficulty and significance of their achievement, it's not difficult to imagine their pride over it. The company has just been able to develop the first working camera module for the Project Ara module smartphone. Though only 5 megapixels in size, Some might initially belittle it because of its 5 megapixel sensor size, but given certain requirements and idiosyncrasies of a Project Ara module, even just a little bit like this already counts a long way towards a consumer-usable device.

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Project Ara has a lot to prove

Project Ara has a lot to prove

The geek within me loves Project Ara. Interchangeable modules that snick into a brushed aluminum frame and turn your smartphone into a pseudo-DSLR or a Tricorder: what's not to like? Google's ATAP team demonstrated the latest prototype - and detailed its flaws and future improvements - at Ara's second developer event yesterday, inviting module-minded partners on stage to discuss exactly what the flexible phone could become with a little imagination. Ambitious, certainly, but while many (myself included) left the event impressed by Regina Dugan and her intriguing handset, that enthusiasm was tempered with concern over whether the real-world would be so welcoming.

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Google’s Project Ara Configurator app: here’s how you make your modular phone

Google’s Project Ara Configurator app: here’s how you make your modular phone

The team responsible for selling Project Ara to the public are aiming to make it as easy for you as possible. Google will be making it as easy to buy and as easy to see before you buy as possible. To do this, Project Ara will be coming with a Google Project Ara Configurator app. This app won't only allow you to see your Ara phone before you buy it, but after you buy it and want to add new pieces.

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Project Ara hands-on: Mauling the Modular Mobile

Project Ara hands-on: Mauling the Modular Mobile

Whether you agree that modular phones are the future of mobile or otherwise, you can’t argue that Google’s Project Ara isn't intriguing, and so I was keen to get my hands on the highly flexible handset. Google had three Spiral 2 devices to show at its second Ara Developer Event in Mountain View today, and while time and functionality was limited, it was a good opportunity to see how well the idea of piecemeal feature blocks works in a practical sense. Turns out, there’s good and bad as you might expect at this pre-production stage. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Here’s how you might buy Google Project Ara

Here’s how you might buy Google Project Ara

Google is taking Project Ara to Puerto Rico, and the ATAP team has been sharing some of its ideas for how to pitch a modular phone to a confused audience. While the web giant may have focused on online sales in the past, even at one point trying to bypass carriers altogether with the Nexus project, for Ara there's a recognition that some explaining is going to be necessary. The answer, it seems, is both a mobile configurator app and a fleet of trucks that Google can take around the island, along with some interesting packaging options that play up on the modularity.

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Eight things you need to know about Project Ara

Eight things you need to know about Project Ara

Project Ara isn’t just about Google inventing a new phone, it’s also the company’s ATAP team leading the mobile industry by the hand through exactly what the benefits of a module device actually are. With the project still only partway through, plenty of questions still remain, and Google has been picking off some of the concerns during its second developer event in Mountain View today. If you’ve been wondering about wireless charging, hot-swapping, and even whether you could turn Ara into a potent console alternative, we’ve got you covered. After the cut, magical magnets, specialist sensors, a big bet on batteries, and more.

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