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Google’s Project Ara hands-on: modular plug-and-play smartphone action

The modular smartphone you're about to take a peek at goes by the name Project Ara. It's a modular smartphone concept, coming from Google ATAP and actually - eventually - coming to the market with its own hardware store. Where you may have purchased your own custom Moto X in the past, you get one shot - the device stays as it is. With Project Ara, you've got the option of updating the smartphone's hardware - new pieces can be added whenever you like.

Project Ara on sale first in Puerto Rico as test market

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference, Google has announced the launch to the second edition of the Project Ara modular phone. This second edition, like the first, is made for use by developers and hardware manufacturers only. The device's first release won't take place inside the United States or anywhere inside Europe. There is also no estimated time frame for the device platform's eventual US-based release, as Google waits to see how the Project Ara unfolds first in Puerto Rico.

Google Classroom app now available for Android and iOS

Google Classroom was introduced back in May 2014, providing a more efficient way to save on paper and strengthen communication between educators and students. The service allowed teachers to assign digital assignments and monitor students' progress. Since then, the service has become available for Android and iOS devices. There has always been an issue with using phones in class - now students have an excuse. Instructors would most likely encourage phone use now if they plan on adapting to the Google Classroom service.

Google Translate update for Android brings Word Lens

It can be difficult to visit a foreign land if you don't speak the language. Not only can you not talk to the locals to ask for directions, but you can’t read the street signs to figure out where you are and find where you are going. Google has updated the Translate app for Android users with a new feature called Word Lens.

Google Glass app brings augmented reality to Tesco grocery stores

The Google Glass wearable released in the UK back in June of 2014. There are groups who believe in the wearable as a strong product and has been trying to develop softwares for it. One of those groups is Tesco, a general UK grocer and retailer, who released their Google Glass Shopping App today.

Nexus 9 released in sand color

Earlier this morning Google and HTC rolled out a unique sand color option for the Nexus 9. During the initial launch, the colors offered were black and white. The black rear soft touch panel picks up fingerprint residue quickly, switching out to a white or sand could be better in terms of cleanliness and appearance.

Two Samsung Galaxy S6 variants, round smartwatch to be unveiled at MWC

The latest highly-anticipated Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy S6. So far, we've heard of rumors that it will come with a curved display. Now we're hearing reports that Samsung will release two new models of the Galaxy S6 similar to the Galaxy Note 4. This is a new thing from the South Korean giant releasing the flagship phone in to two different flavors. We're expecting the Galaxy S6 to be unveiled officially at the Mobile World Congress this coming March.

Project Ara releases new MDK ahead of second developers conference

Our favorite modular phone guys, Project Ara, has just made public the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK) – which basically contains all you need to know if you want to create a module for Project Ara based on the Spiral 2 prototype. This was done ahead of the Ara Developers Conference slated on February 14 – we guess that the contents of the MDK will be big talking points on the conference itself.

Android distribution for January is still missing a Lollipop

Google has just released its monthly chart for Android coverage and most of it is what you'd expect, with older versions shrinking and latter ones getting stronger. What is somewhat surprising, though just a wee bit expected, is that Android 5.0 Lollipop is still missing from the picture, hinting at the rather slow adoption of the latest Android version, despite Google's more aggressive push in order to combat that notorious image fragmentation that has beset the platform.
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