Check Out This Behind the Scenes Video of Project ARA Device Up and Running

With the announcement of its upcoming Project Ara developers conference in January, a video has been posted by the Ara team, detailing one of its Phonebloks development units up and running with Android.

As you can see, the unit is still in the early stages of development, but seeing the process which the Project Ara team goes through to create a device such as this is a real treat.  (more…)

Dates and Locations for Next Project ARA Module Developers Conference Posted

Google announced the dates and locations for the upcoming Project ARA developer conferences, with two main hubs taking place in Mountain View and Singapore, complete with additional satellite events taking place across the globe.

The first event will take place in Mountain View on January 14, with satellite events happening simultaneously at Google offices in New York, Buenos Aires, and London. Following that, an event on January 21 will happen in Singapore, with satellite events being held in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai.  (more…)

Project Ara to Run Modified Android L, Will Feature Hot Swappable Modules

With commercial availability of Project Ara slated for early 2015, more information has gone public this week through Phonebloks, a bit of which may be very exciting for fans who have been following along with the platform’s development news and were curious about swapping modules in and out.

If under a rock is where you have been making your bed for the past year, know that Project Ara is Google’s (and a team of other companies) platform to bring a modular smartphone to market. In essence, it is a smartphone comprised of swappable parts, made from various companies who specialize in their particular fields of technology.  (more…)

Watch the Project Ara Developer Conference Live!

Project Ara, the Google-run modular phone concept, is hosting its first developer conference this week. The goal of the conference is to focus on a detailed walk-through of existing and planned features for the platform, a briefing on the recently released MDK, and an announcement of a series of prize challenges.

If anything, we’re hoping we see real, working units of Ara. Up until now, all we have seen are non-working concept models and some modules that could, in theory, work on a phone.

The opening keynote has already begun, and you can watch it below. Once this session is over, I’d imagine that we’ll see bits and pieces of sessions throughout the day. Keep it here!  (more…)

Project Ara MDK Gives You All the Dirty Design Details on Their Small, Medium, and Large Phone Plans

The Project Ara team released an MDK for the modular phone concept today, to get developers extra ready for next week’s 2-day Ara developer conference. In the MDK, you’ll learn all there is to learn about making modules for the phone. Everything from power consumption to measurements to where you should place your module’s label are outlined in an 81-page document. It’s detailed and technical for designers, yet awesome and interesting at the same time for you and I.  (more…)

Video: Project Ara Shown Off, Fondled, Detailed at LAUNCH Conference

The day has been filled with Project Ara talk, we hope you don’t mind, but this stuff is getting more fascinating by the day.

So earlier in the week, Jason Calacanis was hosting his LAUNCH conference, which just so happened to have a major Project Ara demo moments after Google gave the modular phone concept an MDK developer conference and official website. I watched the demo live (and told you to via Twitter), but was waiting for it to become available for sharing in case anyone else missed it. The video is now available for all to see; you should watch this.  (more…)