Project ARA

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.

Project Ara lures module developers with dev boards

As detailed in their plans, Project Ara is kicking up their development process by bringing in contributions from the outside. The project is now opening up its doors to interested module developers to try their luck in getting a development board. There is a catch, however. You have to convince them that you are indeed capable of creating such a module.
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