Puzzlephone vs. Project Ara: Modular Smartphone

Project Ara won’t be the only modular smartphone next year

By on December 2, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Project Ara won’t be the only modular smartphone next year

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone is already a hotly anticipated device for next year — at least by those smartphone users who’d like to be able to take smartphone customization to a whole new level — but the device won’t be the only handset with such abilities. More →

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Project Ara Prototype Video

This is the latest prototype of Google’s incredible Project Ara modular phone

By on October 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM.

This is the latest prototype of Google’s incredible Project Ara modular phone

There are few projects in the smartphone industry with as much potential as Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara. Just last week, Google announced a dedicated store for the phone where developers will be able to sell their modules directly to consumers without having to go through any third-party retailers. It’ll be at least a few months before you can start hot-swapping the modules yourself, but the folks at Phonebloks got a chance to check out the latest prototype at NK Labs, and there’s video evidence to prove it. More →

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Google Project Ara Modules Store

Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules

By on October 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules

Google’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. More →

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Project Ara Modular Smartphone

This is the most exciting power of Google’s awesome modular phone

By on September 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

This is the most exciting power of Google’s awesome modular phone

Google’s modular smartphone launch is on schedule, PhoneBlocks says, with the first fully functional models supposed to hit in early 2015 after being shown at the second Ara developer conference in December. The Project Ara phones will offer some exciting features, as Ara project director Paul Eremenko explained in a recent talk. More →

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Project Ara Development Boards Release Date

Here’s how to get one of Google’s awesome modular smartphones this month

By on July 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Here’s how to get one of Google’s awesome modular smartphones this month

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone is no longer just a neat idea for the distant future. The company really wants to start selling modular handsets next year, and in order for module developers to be able to come up with their own interesting smartphone additions until then, Google is preparing to ship Project Ara development boards to interested parties. More →

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Google Project Ara Video

Watch Google show off the craziest experimental smartphone we’ve ever seen

By on June 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM.

Watch Google show off the craziest experimental smartphone we’ve ever seen

Google isn’t afraid to try things that are absolutely crazy and one of its wildest projects we’ve seen this year is Project Ara, an experimental modular smartphone that lets you switch key components in and out of the device like Legos. A new video has popped up on YouTube of Project Ara chief Paul Eremenko at Google I/O this week showing off the device being put together and turned on in public for the first time, although he cautions at the start of the video that the device is still in its very early stages and nowhere near ready for public release. More →

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Project Ara Specs Toshiba

More details on Google’s modular ‘Project Ara’ phone have been revealed

By on May 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM.

More details on Google’s modular ‘Project Ara’ phone have been revealed

The Project Ara modular smartphone isn’t just a dream anymore, as Google is getting ready to roll out the first Project Ara devices early next year. The device will let users build their own smartphones and customize them on the go. Nikkei has learned that Toshiba has been chosen to provide three types of processors for the first Project Ara handsets, including chips that will go in the various modules and also in the phone itself. More →

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Project Ara Flippypad Game Controller

Awesome Project Ara concept teases a bright future for mobile gaming

By on April 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Awesome Project Ara concept teases a bright future for mobile gaming

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone will take the smartphone universe by storm next year and developers have already been given a glimpse at what such devices will have to offer. Module makers will be able to build a variety of smartphone components for Project Ara phones, with a new concept showing what a modular smartphone may bring to mobile gaming. Imagined by The Aether Technician, Flippypad is a game controller concept that snaps into one of the Project Ara’s modules on the back to offer gamers a better way to interact with their mobile games.

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Project Ara Release Date

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

By on April 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

The most exciting innovation in the mobile market finally has a release date. According to CNET, Google announced today at the Project Ara developers conference that its first modular smartphone will go on sale in January 2015 for the low price of $50. Project lead Paul Eremenko told the crowd that the initial model will be a boring gray device by design, so as not to distract from the additional physical components. More →

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Project Ara Module Developers Kit

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone just got real

By on April 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone just got real

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone has always been an interesting idea for the future of smartphones, although it never really seemed like a commercial product would be available anytime soon. However, Google’s ATAP division is moving quite fast and the first module developers will soon be able to devise their own modular smartphone concepts. In anticipation of the first Project Ara developers conference that takes place next week, Google has released the MDK – short for Module Developer Kit – that describes the project in great detail. More →

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Google Project Ara Prototype

Inside Google’s plan to help you build the smartphone of your dreams

By on April 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM.

Inside Google’s plan to help you build the smartphone of your dreams

We’ve written at length about Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara in the past, but substantial updates have been few and far between. With just a week left until the first developers conference for the device, MIT Technology Review has spoken with Paul Eremenko, the project lead, and Ara Knaian (after whom the project was named), who give us a little more context to the modular device and attempting to explain how it fits into a very crowded, competitive market. More →

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Project Ara Android Smartphone Sizes

Video: Here are the Project Ara Android phone sizes

By on April 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Video: Here are the Project Ara Android phone sizes

With less than two weeks to go to Google’s first Ara Developers Conference – which takes place on April 15 and April 16 in Mountain View, and which will also be streamed online – Phoneblocks released another video further detailing this awesome modular Android smartphone concept, this time showing the team that’s working on Google’s project. In the process of talking to various execs that work on different Ara aspects, Phoneblocks has also managed to get a visual of Project Ara’s three sizes. More →

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Project Ara Like Blocks Modular Smartwatch

Video: What if your smartwatch was modular too?

By on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Video: What if your smartwatch was modular too?

Blocks is a new project that aims to bring Project Ara-like modularity to wearable devices – specifically to smartwatches – by allowing buyers to customize their smartwatch needs to better suit their lifestyles and activities. Blocks proposes that a smarwatch’s strap could be made of multiple swappable blocks, each one capable of performing a specific task. More →

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