Project Ara

Project Ara parts can be hot-swapped thanks to Android L

Project Ara parts can be hot-swapped thanks to Android L

Though it’s in very early stages of development, Google’s Project Ara is still the coolest smartphone idea we’ve seen in a long time. Modular parts were good enough, but it might be getting a lot better. Now it seems as though you won’t have to turn your phone off for switching out parts on the fly.

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Phonebloks to run modified Android L

Phonebloks to run modified Android L

The modular smartphone Phonebloks was the recent subject of a keynote during which some new details were dropped, as well as information on the progress that has been made thus far. Amongst what was revealed is that the modular handset will be running a modified version of Android L.

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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 hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara hardware now available to lucky Devs

Project Ara was always thought of as a product we’d not see for many years. to their credit, Google has scaled it quickly, even having a (sort of) working model at Google I/O. Now, those interested in making modules for Ara can sign up for the development board.

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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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Google Project Ara chips will be supplied by Toshiba

Google Project Ara chips will be supplied by Toshiba

Toshiba has joined the Project Ara bandwagon, it has been revealed, slated to supply the semiconductors for the upcoming module-based Google phone. According to Nikkei, Toshiba signed on with Google for just such a task back in October.

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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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Sennheiser and Phonebloks team up

Sennheiser and Phonebloks team up

Phonebloks, the concept catapulted by Google into the initiative Project Ara, has partnered with Sennheiser, the audio company best known for its headphones. With this partnership, Sennheiser will provide "audio expertise" related to audio and speech transmission.

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Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

Project Ara modules to include conductive ink printing

3D Systems, the company tasked with printing the component modules for Google's upcoming $50 Project Ara smartphone, has updated the public on its production efforts. Among talk of the production platform in the works, the company says it is working towards the development of conductive inks that will be used when printing out functional modules.

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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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Project Ara smartphone slated for January launch in gray

Project Ara smartphone slated for January launch in gray

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone will be hitting shelves in January 2015, said project leader Paul Eremenko during Ara's first developers' conference. This falls in line with word we've heard in the past, and while interested parties won't have to wait long to get one, the handset will initially be launching in gray.

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