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Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, but surely to everyone’s disappointment, Google might be shelving the once highly popular Project Ara that would have delivered a truly modular smartphone with interchangeable core components. At least that’s what two sources are saying. Given the repeated delays and a significant change in the project’s vision and implementation, that is almost expected. Also expected, however, will be the backlash from different supporters, including hardware makers whom Google already announced and waved around like trophies, if Google does throw in the towel, temporarily or otherwise.

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Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

A new Project Ara developer phone will be available the end of this year, the company announced at Google I/O today, followed by a consumer model later on in 2017. This consumer version will be “thin, light and beautiful,” says the project’s creative head Blaise Bertrand. Google teased the kind of things owners will be able to do with an Ara phone, showing off different modules in everyday situations.

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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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Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.

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PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

PuzzlePhone is a modular phone set for release in 2015

Google’s Project Ara is a really interesting concept; a smartphone that never really becomes obsolete. Working on that concept, a new contender has emerged in the form of Circular Devices, a Finnish company readying their own modular smartphone, the PuzzlePhone. Visually, it’s a bit more approachable than Google’s Ara, and a bit simpler overall. Rather than make each component swappable, PuzzlePhone has two major elements you can replace: the brain, and the heart. It’s a neat concept, and may end up the next step in modular smartphones.

 

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Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara is cool, because the ability to alter your smartphone specs piece-by-piece is attractive. Though we’ve not quite thought about what Ara could be beyond a smartphone — partly because it barely starts up right now — the use-cases for the handheld are nearly endless. At Engadget’s Engage conference, Project Ara chief Paul Eremenko displayed a cool new feature for the device, which could take it well beyond your pocket and into the healthcare field. There’s now a module that will test your blood oxygen level, just by putting a finger on it.

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Project Ara parts can be hot-swapped thanks to Android L

Project Ara parts can be hot-swapped thanks to Android L

Though it’s in very early stages of development, Google’s Project Ara is still the coolest smartphone idea we’ve seen in a long time. Modular parts were good enough, but it might be getting a lot better. Now it seems as though you won’t have to turn your phone off for switching out parts on the fly.

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Project Ara hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara was always thought of as a product we’d not see for many years. to their credit, Google has scaled it quickly, even having a (sort of) working model at Google I/O. Now, those interested in making modules for Ara can sign up for the development board.

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Entegra Crossfire Pro ushers in modular tablets

Entegra Crossfire Pro ushers in modular tablets

If you like the idea of being able to swap out the components in your smartphone for different or better ones, you'll soon have the option of doing the same with your tablet. Entegra Technologies has taken the wraps off its Crossfire Pro, a tablet with components that can be swapped out to add different functionality to the system.

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Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

3D Systems, the company tasked with printing the component modules for Google's upcoming $50 Project Ara smartphone, has updated the public on its production efforts. Among talk of the production platform in the works, the company says it is working towards the development of conductive inks that will be used when printing out functional modules.

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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