Project Ara

Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Sennheiser engineer shares Phonebloks audio module ideas

Most if not all of the modular smartphone spotlight has been taken up by Google's Project Ara, but they aren't the only ones working on that front. Though the relationship might be a bit unclear to onlookers, Phonebloks and Project Ara work together for a common goal, with the former having more of a community-driven voice. Phonebloks, not Project Ara, has partnered with Sennheiser to bring sound to the modular smartphone and now the two are sharing some of the interesting ideas and mockups they've come up with.

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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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Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Vsenn takes on Project Ara with its own modular phone

Google's Project Ara will soon have a competitor, with startup Vsenn announcing plans to create its own module-based handset. Vsenn is a Finnish company, and according to its website, it was co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager. The company has very little details about its plans and smartphone at this time, instead teasing with promises that its phone will offer "modular and upgradable hardware". Joining the modular design will be special attention paid to security, as well, with Vsenn saying "preserving...your privacy is our main priority."

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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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