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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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Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

The team behind the Google Translate app have successfully created a tool that I can take to Spain to figure out where to find pizza without menu photos of said pizza. Thank you, Google Translate team. Today we're seeing an update to the Google Translate app for iOS, and an imminent update to the Android version of the app as well. With this update we'll see more solid live voice translation. We'll also see real-deal live translations of text - that's the magic-maker.

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Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

For a long time, teachers tried to manage smartphone usage in class, trying their best to make sure kids weren’t screwing around instead of learning. Now, educators have a reason to let kids stare at screens, as the Google Classroom app is now available on the Play Store. The app will let students and teachers stay on track, digitally. Homework assignments, future work deadlines, and assignment collection are all part of the app’s feature list. The app is free for anyone with a Google Apps for Education account.

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Project Ara price a work-in-progress Google concedes

Project Ara price a work-in-progress Google concedes

Google may be ramping up toward a commercial launch of Project Ara, but we still don't know how much a modular smartphone will actually cost. Questioned about just what Google sees as the selling price for the handset with its interchangeable blocks for cameras, speakers, controls, and more, Project ATAP lead Regina Dugan admitted that right now it wasn't clear. There's "not one price, I think that's the whole point," Dugan suggested, saying that it would depend on what configuration of modules were initially selected. Beyond that, though, there's the promise of a far broader licensing scheme.

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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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This is Google’s new Project Ara modular phone: Spiral 2

This is Google’s new Project Ara modular phone: Spiral 2

Google has revealed its newest Project Ara prototype, Spiral 2, the latest iteration of the block-based modular smartphone it expects to change how users interact with software and hardware. Spiral 2 builds on the MDK version 0.20 which Google released earlier this month, and was shown today for the first time at Google's second Project Ara developer conference. Now with eleven different prototype modules, each of which will act as a reference design for third-party developers hoping to get onboard with Ara themselves, Spiral 2 supports hot-swapping those modules as well as making 3G calls.

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Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google has announced a significant update to its Translate app for mobile users. The updated app gets several new features for Android and iOS users including a feature called Word Lens. Word Lens is really cool because it allows users to take a picture of text and get a translation for the text in 36 languages. That means if you are in a foreign city, you can do things like snap pictures of street signs and see what they mean.

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Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Word on the street this week is that Samsung's next hero phone may kick TouchWiz to the curb. However unlikely that may seem, it would go with the trend. Imagine Motorola - owned by Google for a while rather recently - with a Moto X with a far more skinned UI. Imagine the HTC One M8 with Sense 2.0. Samsung may be taking a cue and making with the quicker updates to Android - straight from Google, like Nexus devices are prone to do - in the process.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Imagine a world where Samsung takes the successes of its past releases and makes a phone with a combination of winning elements. That's the world we've been living in for the past several years. The Samsung Galaxy S5 showed us for the 4th year in a row that Samsung does exactly that - takes what works and makes it into a hero phone. This week we're exploring what this strategy will mean for the Samsung Galaxy S6 as it's revealed in March at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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