Project ARA

Fairphone 2 is the modular phone you can get at sooner than Ara

What if you wanted to get your hands on a modular phone in a relatively shorter amount of time, rather than wait for Google’s Project Ara? Google did show a working prototype of its own modular smartphone project at Google I/O 2015, but the reality of the product going to market is still a ways off. Not so with the Fairphone 2. Not only is it modular (after a fashion), not only is it committed to non-“conflict” minerals, but you can actually get your hands on it soon.

Functioning Project Ara shown off at Google I/O 2015

The Project Ara is real. Before you think that the concept won't see the light of the day. Google finally showed off the modular phone at the Google I/O 2015 conference. The tech giant may have given focus on projects Soli and Jacquard but the appeareance of the before the show ended was memorable. It was good to see the Project Ara in the flesh, already functional and the swappable modules being demonstrated.

Nexpaq is the first ever modular smartphone case

The Project Ara is still on but some geeks are getting impatient with it. While waiting for the modular smartphone, a group of guys went to Kickstarter to introduce a new phone case that features several modules just like the Project Ara phone. Called as the nexpaq, this protective case is the first truly modular smartphone case that allows the user to be in control.

Project Ara gets a radiation sensor

We have talked several times about the Project Ara smartphone that has modules that can be added and removed from the device itself to give the phone new capabilities as needed. A Russian company called Intersoft has presented its first modules at the second Ara developers conference.

Click ARM One is a modular tablet device, limited edition for pre-order

We all know of Google’s attempt to change the world of smartphones with Project ARA, a modular smartphone that is gaining good and positive momentum even as you read this. Then there’s “Blocks”, who wants to be the Project ARA of smartwatches. But a modular tablet project amazingly flew under the radar when it seems like the next big idea – but now we’re seeing it in the “Click ARM One”.

Toshiba builds, demos first working Project ARA camera module

Toshiba can be very happy with its Project ARA work so far. The Japan-based company has contributed a lot to the framework and structure that will hold the modules of the Project ARA smartphone together – which if didn’t know is a modular smartphone project now spearheaded by Google. Toshiba has just recently showed off its camera modules for the project – one of, if not the first, camera module tested as working on the Project ARA framework.

Project Ara: how the puzzle pieces fit

Project Ara is a platform still in development - not yet ready for the consumer market. There are still parts of the phone that are works in progress and/or require more research before final market readiness. Security is one issue that remains in the Ara project for now - battery life is another. One thing - actually, several parts - that are actually confirmed and working are all in physical hardware - the Endo base of the phone and Module pieces. How do you interchange them? How are these Modules mounted on the base?
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