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…)

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…)