Phonebloks Posts Brief Video of Project Ara’s History

Project Ara may be getting a lot of buzz, but what is it, exactly? To help answer that question, Phonebloks, the Kickstarter project that teamed up with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) to develop Ara (was formerly with Motorola), released a YouTube video that covers a brief history of project’s development, interviews some of its key players, and dives into what we can expect in the near future. (more…)

Google Announces First Project Ara Developers Conference, Taking Place in April (Updated)

Google announced the first of three conferences for developers interested in Project Ara this afternoon, with two other conferences to follow down the road in 2014. Project Ara, a modular phone project currently a part of Google’s Android department, is essentially a smartphone built from various building blocks which the public can give input on.  (more…)

Motorola’s Project Ara and Advanced Technology Group Moving to Google’s Android Team

As noted thanks to a brief conference call held by Lenovo following the announcement that it would acquire Motorola from Google, the acquisition will not include Moto’s Advanced Technology and Projects group. The team, lead by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, will reportedly move over to Google’s Android team, led by Sir Sundar Pichai.  (more…)

Motorola Partners With 3D Systems to Help Build Project Ara Modular Phones

Well, folks, Motorola’s modular smartphone platform called Project Ara has a manufacturing partner. The company is called 3D Systems, a 3D printing outfit that helped them with their MakeWithMoto campaign shortly after the Moto X launch. 3D Systems will attempt to “create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system” to help deliver the pieces needed to make modular phones a reality.


Phonebloks Posts Status Update Video – Talks Motorola Collaboration, Community, and More

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After Motorola surprised the tech world a bit last night with the introduction of their new modular hardware smartphone concept called Project Ara, we were sort of wondering when we’d hear from Phonebloks. After all, Phonebloks was the first to put modular phone design on our radar, and Motorola name-dropped them in their announcement. Today, in a video press release, Phonebloks founder Dave Hakkens talks about his trip to meet Motorola, the sit downs with other companies, early goals for the Phonebloks community, and more.  (more…)

Motorola Introduces Project Ara, A Modular Smartphone Hardware Platform Like PhoneBloks

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Remember Phonebloks? It was the modular smartphone project idea that wanted to build phones that could be easily upgraded using modules. The idea was essentially to give users the option to upgrade the hardware in their phones as they need, without having to buy a new phone or throw their current phone away. If a phone were made up of modules for the charging port, processor, display, camera, etc., they could upgrade individual pieces to keep their phones current, powerful, and relevant.

So guess what? Motorola has been working on a similar project for a year and it’s called Project Ara. In other words, Motorola is going to try to bring the concept of Phonebloks, which most people thought was unattainable and a dream, to life.  (more…)