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    It's been about a month since we last checked in with Project Ara, that Google effort to create a fully modular smartphone built around a set of interchangeable hardware modules. Even in the absence of a lot of updates, this is one phone we've been keeping in our thoughts, especially as we approach the end of the year; after all, we'd previously heard that Ara hardware could go up for sale in very early 2015. Today some new Ara developments manage to give us even more to look forward to, chief among them a video from Phonebloks showing the functional Ara prototype booting into Android. The ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, Google's Project Ara may be primed to change the way we look as smartphone hardware forever. The modular system seeks to give users unprecedented levels of control over the kind of hardware they want making up their phones, but tons of questions remain as to how practical Ara might really be. We're still a few months away from a retail launch, but for the first time in a while some fresh Ara news has hit our desks, as Phonebloks posts some hardware and software details. For one, we get confirmation that a fully functional Ara prototype will be on display at the ...

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    Project Ara has become one of the dreams that could solve the needs of a specific nice in the smartphone market. To give customers the ability to swap specific parts of a smartphone in order to have personalized upgrades is a cool idea, though the fact that this concept has lost popularity in computers makes us wonder if the concept has a future. Still, Project Ara reached beta status recently, though we wonder what comes next as one of the project leaders is departing Google. Dan Makoski, Chief Project Ara designer for Google has just announced his departure from the company in his ...

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    Phonebloks really got this idea of modular smartphone hardware rolling last year, and the attention it attracted helped formed the basis for ideas like Google's Project Ara, with which Phonebloks is directly involved. Today the company updates us a little on what it's been up to lately, revealing a hardware manufacturer it's partnered up with and talking about how it sees this modular hardware idea finding uses beyond just phones. Part of the appeal of modular designs isn't just that a particular phone can employ modules from any number of manufacturers, but that also that any particular ...

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    While it may lack the immediate wow-factor of efforts like Google Glass, the modular Project Ara could prove to be just as, if not more exciting, offering smartphone users the promise of untold levels of control over what hardware goes into the handsets they use. As such, we've been actively following development on project Ara, from its early days as a Phonebloks concept, to Motorola really grabbing the idea and running with it, to Google's taking the reins with its Advanced Technology and Projects group. Just last week we brought you an interview with Phonebloks's Tomas Halberstad, and ...

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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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    Originally, that headline was going to be "Project Ara is an awesome solution in search of a problem." But we thought it prudent to change it, given that Google's new phone concept might actually solve a few big problems - if it ever attains widespread popularity. Project Ara broke cover yesterday, and immediately upended the lives of phone geeks worldwide. If you're not one of those geeks, here's the deal: the concept, born of Google's ongoing collaboration with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, is that of a modular mobile phone. It's an expansion of Hakkens's earlier Phonebloks project, which ...

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