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Project Ara

Google Project Ara

The rise and fall of Google’s modular phone dream

January 10th, 2017

Modular phones had a brief flirtation with popularity over the last few years. Between the Moto X, LG G5 and Google’s Project Ara, a couple notable companies made real stabs at modular smartphones, only to be met with a resounding meh. We can write off the Moto X and LG G5 as phone companies trying …

Google Project Ara Killed

The Google hype machine fails again

September 3rd, 2016

Early Friday morning, reports broke the news that Alphabet is killing Project Ara, its attempt at a modular smartphone. I’m not crying for the loss of Ara — phones with swappable screens are inherently dumb — but there’s only so many times Google and Alphabet can hype up the future, before unceremoniously kicking it to the curb. …

Project Ara

Google is making an innovative modular phone, and you can buy it next year

May 20th, 2016

Initially a Motorola project that was ultimately unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Project Ara has been an intriguing project that has been on our radar for years now. For those unfamiliar, Project Ara is an ambitious program designed to create an entire hardware ecosystem for smartphone modules. So in contrast to the iPhone where the entire …

Puzzlephone Puzzlecluster Modules Computer

What could happen to smartphone modules when they die

January 26th, 2015

Google’s Project Ara isn’t the only modular smartphone concept out there, though Google is closer than anyone else to actually selling such devices. Puzzlephone is one such other device, though the team behind it has a different approach than Google when it comes to modules.

Project Ara Spiral 2 Specs and Release Date

Spiral 2 is the first modular smartphone you’ll be able to buy

January 15th, 2015

Google on Wednesday unveiled more details about its modular smartphone plans at the Project Ara Developers Conference, announcing the first such handset that interested fans are going to be able to buy. Set to debut in Puerto Rico later this year, where Google will conduct its first market test, the first Project Ara phone will …

Google Project Ara Photos

Check out these new photos of Google’s crazy experimental smartphone

January 14th, 2015

Google kicked off a big developer’s conference on Wednesday for Project Ara, its experimental smartphone project that could allow for the creation of fully modular phones. Droid Life notes that as part of its opening keynote on Wednesday, Google “unveiled a massive gallery of the updated Ara skeleton with modules and other customizations to show …

Puzzlephone vs. Project Ara: Modular Smartphone

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

December 2nd, 2014

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.