Google Ara

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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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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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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Google Ara tablet tipped in creation lead-up

Google Ara tablet tipped in creation lead-up

For those of you watching the Google Ara developers conference live feed, today you may have seen a momentary glance at a slide which describes how the devices will be made. Made as in constructed, made with creatively combined elements which make what’s still called a "Project Ara" smartphone today. Here we’re also seeing the first suggestion that Project Ara could make its way into a tablet, as well.

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Google Ara event spills 3D printing details

Google Ara event spills 3D printing details

This weeks’ Google Project Ara developer event, details shared by the group are appearing as much as a call to action as they are a push for excitement. As made clear by Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara: "We have to archetype a new type of product support system." It’s not about jumping in and porting developers’ already-made systems, that is to say, it’s about making something new.

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