Project ARA

Project Ara gives fans a sneak peek of Spiral 2 prototype PCB

With the Project Ara Module Developers Conference coming up early in 2015, Google is hyping up interest in Project Ara – the popular modular smartphone project. It should be known to Google that a number of competitors in modular smartphone development have come up, and the conference should be a great boost for them. With that in mind, here comes a sneak peek of Project Ara’s Spiral 2 prototype PCB.

Sennheiser progresses in designing Project ARA sound module

Sennheiser recently announced that it was going to dip its considerable audio design and manufacturing clout into the revolution for the first marketable modular phone project, a.k.a. Project ARA. The outfit is globally known for its audio processing technology, and it is now designing one of the first premium sound modules for Project ARA.

Project Ara demo includes removing modules, Angry Birds

Those following the development of the modular smartphone ever since its conception last year are probably quite excited with the progress that Google's Project Ara has made. While still at the initial Spiral 1 stage, with Spiral 2 set to be launched early next year, the smartphone is showing not only promise, but is actually working already to some extent. At Expand NY, Project Ara lead Paul Emerenko took to stage to show the public for the first time an actual working prototype.

Project Ara shows blood oxygen sensor module

We think the guys behind Project Ara – mainly Google at this point – are making a concerted effort to show that the project right now can be more than just a modular smartphone, but a platform for different kinds of technology as well. Because really, the ingenuity behind a modular platform is that you can slip different kinds of modular tools on it on an “if the shoe fits” basis.

Vsenn is a Project Ara competitor in modular phones

Modular phones (remember that viral Phonebloks video?) seems to be the holy grail of open source technology today. Just imagine, a smartphone whose parts you can upgrade – and not thinking of a whole other phone to purchase when you grow discontent with what you currently own. It’s a change in the paradigm of the smartphone industry. This is why Google’s Project Ara is a big deal. But it seems they’re not the only ones racing towards a modular smartphone product.

Project Ara boots up! DevCon2 set for 14 January 2015

When Phonebloks revealed its vision last year, people swooned at the dream but they stopped at just that: a dream. A pipe dream even. But now, more than 12 months later, with Google also at the helm, that dream is almost a reality. Phonebloks went to Boston to visit NK Labs, the guys designing Google's Project Ara, to see how things are coming along with the prototype . And guess what? It works!

Project Ara modules to be hot swappable

We have talked about Project Ara several times and one of the coolest things we have learned so far is that the battery of the device will be hot swappable. That means you can swap a nearly dead battery for a full one without turning the device off or losing what you are working on. Another interesting detail about Project Ara has surfaced recently.

First working Project Ara prototype in December with Android L

You remember Phonebloks, right? Of course you do. Most of you tech savvy people will have heard of the move towards modular elements for a smartphone. Google has retained lead on the project when Motorola was sold to Lenovo. Paul Emerenko announced some news regarding the modular project speaking at Linaro Connect USA 2014 in California, mainly that there should be a working prototype soon.
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