Project Ara

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

When we first heard about Project Ara (or Phonebloks, if you prefer) here at SlashGear, our eyes lit up. The idea that we could switch-up the spec sheet on our phone was — and is — beyond exciting. Making your phone much more personal via hardware is a brand new take on what smartphones should be, but it’s coming slowly. Luckily, Google has been great to share details of their project as it happens, and have released a new video showing another big step toward true customization.

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Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google will hold its next Project Ara modular phone developer event in mid-January, the Google ATAP team has confirmed, teasing a major update to the software platform as well as details on how the swap-friendly gadget will launch commercially. Dubbed DevCon2, the second of the developer conferences will take place on January 14th, 2015, close to Google's home base in Mountain View, California, and be followed a week later by the identical agenda being replayed in Singapore. Top of the to-do list is running through Ara MDK 0.20.

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Project Ara update: new processor, second Dev conference

Project Ara update: new processor, second Dev conference

Project Ara, the modular smartphone, is a concept way ahead of its time. By allowing us to switch out components built around a skeletal framework, Google wants to ensure we get the phone we want — every time. The team behind Ara have announced a few exciting pieces of news that could see us in a modular phone sooner than expected.

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Project Ara design chief is leaving Google

Project Ara design chief is leaving Google

Project Ara, Google’s new modular smartphone program, has lost its design lead. Dan Makoski, who was in charge of the overall design of the project, is departing google for greener pastures (pun intended, you’ll see why). Makoski was also instrumental in the design for the Moto X, which led the then-Google-owned Motorola back into smartphone prominence.

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Project Ara gets serious: Dev challenge, 50x speed 3D printer, more

Project Ara gets serious: Dev challenge, 50x speed 3D printer, more

Google is kicking off a Project Ara module developer challenge, offering a $100k bounty for atypical smartphone possibilities while it itself works on a new, super-speed 3D printer to create customized production modules. The challenge, announced at Google IO today, asks developers to come up with a working module for a future Project Ara phone that does something not possible with a current smartphone, and sees Google itself throw out some ideas for what the flexible handset might one day do..

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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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