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…)

Question of the Day: What Modules Would You Include in Your Project Ara Phone?

Project Ara, the modular phone project now run by Google, is probably one of the most interesting smartphone developments for tech enthusiasts to pay attention to in years. The idea is simple – you have a bare-bones skeleton phone that can be customized through modules that are created by third party outfits. Things like battery size, camera sensor, CPU, RAM, radio connectivity, and display could (in theory) all be chosen and then swapped depending on the user, time of place, or budget.

Think about a phone that could start at $50 because it only has display and WiFi modules, but could then reach a variety of price points from there through camera additions, 4G LTE radios, a higher-resolution display, an awesome speaker, or a 2-day battery? And then think about next year, when a new camera module is out or a display can be upgraded from 1080p to 2K or Qualcomm releases a new Snapdragon? Wouldn’t that be the life?  (more…)

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.