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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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Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

As we’ve learned from the past several releases of Google’s mobile operating system Android, "Android L" will barely touch your smartphone. Today we’ll use Android 4.4 KitKat as an example of how little Google’s changes affect the wide world of Android smartphones and tablets. To do this, we’ll have to remember October of 2013 when we released our SlashGear 101: Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new.

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Here’s what Android L will look like

Here’s what Android L will look like

Google’s mobile operating system Android has been given an upgrade this week, moving from codeword "KitKat" to Android "L". Today we’re exploring what’s involved in Android L, showing especially what this new version of the software will look like to you, the end user. Android L is built with a new Google-made aesthetic called "Material", this replacing the "Holo" aesthetic present in the last several versions of the software.

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Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.

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