Just yesterday, it was reported that Google has killed Project Ara modular smartphone. Now, founder of Project Ara and former Head of Design at Google ATAP, Dan Makoski has confirmed that he is actually in the process of working with Nexpaq on a modular phone.
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Google had announced in May that developer version of the Project Ara modular smartphone will be released in the fall of 2016. Now as per a new report from Reuters Google is axing Project Ara.
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Looks like we will have to wait a bit longer to check out Google’s modular smartphone concept, Project Ara. The company has announced that Project Ara is getting delayed till 2016.
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Google’s Project Ara that is known for it modular smartphone will make its debut later this year. The ‘Market Pilot’ will be launched in Puerto Rico, announced Google at its Ara Developer Conference.
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It seems like Google’s Project Ara is getting a new competitor. Vsenn, a Finnish startup has announced that it is working on a modular smartphone running vanilla Android.
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A video showing the prototype of Project Ara modular smartphone concept has been released by Phoneblocks. It shows the progress of the Project Ara being developed by NK Labs, a Massachusetts-based contractor.
NK Labs is just one of dozens of partners Google is working with in order to make Project Ara a reality. The video shows a little hands-on with the team’s “Spiral 1″ prototype of the modular handset and reveals that the Ara’s “Spiral 2″ build will feature a custom-made Toshiba chip. An existence of the Toshiba chip was first reported in May . Moving on, the video states that the “Spiral 2″ will leave most of the area of the phone available for developers’ functions. Google has announced that it will hold two developer conference in January and the Spiral 2 will be introduced during the conference.
“The principal focus of this second Module Developers Conference will be the next major release of the Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK)–version 0.20. We have been hard at work maturing and improving the Ara platform, and we will highlight the major changes and advances in the MDK. ”
posted Paul Eremenko, Head of Project Ara, Google ATAP on a Google+.
Project Ara was started by Motorola in a bid to offer consumers the ability to change components in their devices, without the need to upgrade their smartphones every time a new one comes around. Modular smartphone will have between 5 and 10 modules, can be customized according to users needs. Targeted towards emerging markets, the phones lets user identify their needs thereby giving flexibility to choose features for their device. For example, users can upgrade to a higher quality camera instead of replacing their existing phone entirely or add a keyboard if you are not comfortable with touchscreens.
Google’s Project Ara will run on modified version of Android L, revealed Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara. He added that customized version of Android L will support hot swapping of components, with the exception of the CPU and display.
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Google announced the Project Ara in 2013, a first modular smartphone that would let users to swap the components easily to upgrade the phone. Earlier in April this year, the company revealed the Modular development kit that would let developers create different modules that will eventually turn up on your own custom Ara phone.
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Google showed off its Project Ara prototype on the second and final day of the I/O developer conference. Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara gave a peek about the company’s modular phone project that was announced in February.
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Google might have sold off Motorola to Lenovo, but is keeping all those patents and research teams close to Mountain View. Motorola’s R&D initially unveiled a concept called “Ara”, the first modular smartphone that has the potential to totally change the way we look at, and buy smartphones. The concept is pretty simple, as it follows the typical “Build you own PC” method, which grants you the flexibility of choice in interesting permutations and combinations. Ara now belongs to Google, and naturally, we are seeing some momentum here, with them announcing a Modular Development Kit, using which hardware manufacturers or “Module Developers” can create different modules that will eventually turn up on your own custom Ara phone.
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What started as a viral video is now in serious development in hands of Google which owns Android which is the most popular smartphone operating system. Phonebloks, the concept of modular smartphone, went viral towards late 2013 and sometime later, Motorola, then owned by Google, took the matter into its hands and started Project Ara – Modular smartphone.
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Motorola announced Project Ara, an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. Even though Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, Google announced that it will keep Project Ara. Google has created a dedicated webpage for Project Ara and has also announced that it plans for three Ara Developers’ Conferences in 2014. The first one is scheduled for April 15th to 16th. Continue reading “Google announces Project Ara developer conference”
Out of nowhere Google is sold off its Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for a deal worth close to 3 billion USD earlier today. The almost 3 billion USD sale doesn’t include the Advanced Technology and Projects group led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan. The Verge was able to confirm this and according to the sources, the team will be integrated with Google’s Android team which is headed by Sundar Pichai. Regina Dugan will reportedly report to Sundar Pichai, but is expected to maintain an individual role.
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Motorola has announced Project Ara that is aimed at developing a phone platform that is modular, open, customizable. The project that is similar to Phonebloks is led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, which is an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The design for Project Ara consists of an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place and the module can differ from a application processor to a new display, keyboard, an extra battery or anything. Continue reading “Motorola announces Project Ara, an open hardware platform to create customizable smartphones”