Posts tagged with: Modular Smartphone
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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    The four-year-old modular smartphone project that began with Motorola's skunkworks has ended under Google's control, according to sources to the Reuters news agency. Google may elect to license the technology to manufacturers, but that's only a possibility at this point. The word inside Mountain View? Consolidation. It has been apparent that Google has been exerting more control over areas it has had demonstrated success or publicity on — CEO Sundar Pichai made this regime clear when talking about the Pixel (neé Nexus) smartphones — and would like to "unify [the company's] various ...

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    Update: More specs are from a Verizon press release which is sourced below. Update 2: CNET is reporting that the Moto Z does not have a headphone jack. Lenovo is said to box in a USB-C adapter. The exclusion of the port is likely thanks to that 5.2mm thickness on the device. Lenovo has made its largest impression on Motorola's brand of smartphones since it acquired the Chicago-based manufacturer in 2014. It has officially shed its Moto X lineage. CEO Yuanqing Yang took the stage at Lenovo Tech World '16 to announce its "most important product today," bigger than even its Tango phone it ...

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    The Chinese like to describe things with extended metaphors and poems. Lenovo is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It owns the Moto brand which has a new device ready for launch tomorrow. And sometimes, it likes to get really wordy — like pretentious marketing in the western world. Trust us, it can get much worse on Weibo. Lenovo posted the above poster on its Weibo account teasing its 16 magnetized pogo pins along with the following poem that we've Google Translated and cleaned up quite considerably — and it's still not perfect: You can capture the entire night sky and lock sights on ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    Modular phones are becoming a thing. Or so LG hopes. One of the most popular modular phones of later has been Project Ara, Google's modular device that will have a Lego-like structure of swapping out components that are sold out of lunch wagons. I’m not even making this up. This is an interesting concept since it adds two things to your phone which cannot normally be added - longevity and ease of repair. LG's modular design adds a new dimension to the equation - expandability. But the question is, are those things that the modern smartphone needs? Or is the concept of the modular phone ...

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    Did we ever give up on a truly modular smartphone? Did Google leave Project Ara to simmer and burn out? Do we care anymore? Project Ara has been quiet in 2016. It was tweeting sweet nothings to us, promising everything will be alright soon. It left things off with a retweet of the Google ATAP sizzle reel back on December 17. Want a look inside? → https://t.co/81V8JBRc9c #GoogleATAP pic.twitter.com/uU5qlrExZb — Google ATAP (@GoogleATAP) December 17, 2015 And all we have now is a logo. That's the website projectara.com takes you to right now. At bottom are links to said Twitter pile, an ...

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    Somewhere within Google's intestines lies Project Ara, a development circle focused on bringing to bear the modular "switch-this-thing-for-a-better-one" smartphone. But we have no idea where that's going. Meantime, Fairphone has taken the crowdfunding route to getting its own modular, if only singular phones to the masses. Now, it seems that the team behind PuzzlePhone have taken a liking to this proverb about having and eating cake. The Finnish developers from Circular Devices have put up their efforts at a modular Android phone on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The device doesn't look to ...

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    Hey! It's Project Ara! We still remember that ambitious group of people who wanted to build a modular smartphone for the masses, right? Well, they've been a bit socially silent since Google I/O 2015. Furthermore, their schedule's been all out of wack: Ara was supposed to have made its way to Puerto Rico around the time of now. Not to worry, though, as someone from Project Ara has taken to Twitter to update us on what's coming up. First, a "hello" out of nowhere after spending a lot of time "making stuff." We've been busy...making stuff. Sorry for the tweeting hiatus! #ProjectAra ...

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    When the Phonebloks video was released back in September 2013 by Dave Hakkens as part of his design academy graduation project, it quickly went viral. The concept was a game-changer: an environmentally sustainable, modular mobile phone. The video showed a phone built from Lego-like modules, or "blocks," each part easily replaceable and upgradable. Need a bigger battery or a better camera? Don't worry about buying a new phone – just replace a block. The project's Thunderclap campaign was first aimed at reaching 500 people to support the idea. It ended up with nearly a million. Soon ...

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    If you look back just a few years in the timeline of modern smartphones, we've come a tremendous distance. To think the HTC ThunderBolt was, at one time, innovative and groundbreaking is pretty humorous these days. It's difficult to remember that the original Motorola DROID was an impressive piece of kit and that 3G data speeds were normal just three, short years ago. Design, specifications, and especially software have all matured in a way few of us would have thought possible at the time. And it's spoiled us to the point that we're displeased with the announcement of a fifth-generation ...

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    Can you imagine the idea of still being able to use your old HTC HD2 under today's hardware standards? There's no denying that we all miss a specific smartphone we fell in-love with years ago, and I'm sure many of you would wish to still be able to use it today if the hardware was current to today's software demands. Others would also like to be able to upgrade the camera of their HTC One, but wouldn't mind keeping its beautiful design for another year. The idea of Modular smartphones that will allow you to do this has been on the news since mid-2013 with Motorola's announced concept, but ...

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