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    We're just about one month away from the next Project Ara dev conference, where Google is sure to have plenty to announce about its work towards the first commercially focused, highly modular smartphone hardware platform. We got a little taste earlier this month as imagery of the next-gen Ara prototype board was published, and this week Google's got some more Ara details to share, as it reveals what sort of processor options are in the works for Ara. You might remember old talk about Toshiba chips for Ara, but that's not the phone's main SoC: instead, Toshiba has crafted the silicon making ...

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    The past few months have seen some pretty solid progress towards the dream of a fully modular smartphone, and back in October we got a look at an assembled Project Ara prototype handset booting into Android. The arrival of that news also brought with it word of the next Ara dev conference, set to get underway in mid-January. Among the topics we've been looking forward to for coverage there is the reveal of the next-gen Ara Spiral 2 prototype board, which will form the backbone for future Ara module development. Today we get an early preview, as Google ATAP shares a look at the Spiral 2 ...

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    It seems as if modular phones are the next big sector to explode in mobile. Just recently, we heard the moonshot idea proposed by Phonebloks, that perhaps instead of switching phones so often we could just swap out parts in our current phones. After all, certain things like the display, casing, and camera you might not want to upgrade from generation to generation, thus saving money and resources. In that vain, Project Ara came into existence, and after that a few startups decided to work on their own takes on it. Enter Puzzlephone, the latest of the Project Ara competitors to come into ...

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    Modular smartphones are coming! We're just a couple months away from Google's next Project Ara dev conference, when it intends to not just show off the very latest Ara prototype hardware, allowing users to customize their phone's layout by adding and removing interchangeable hardware modules, but also share news of how and where public sales of the first Ara phone will begin. So by this time next year, you may well find yourself upgrading your smartphone's camera not by purchasing a whole new phone, but by just sliding in a new inexpensive camera board. Project Ara, thanks to its ...

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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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    Google's Project Ara is such a drastic departure from the hardware designs that make up mainstream smartphones that it's pretty impressive to see just how swiftly progress is moving forward on the effort. From the earliest announcement back in the fall of last year, we've moved on to developer conferences and the release of the Ara Module Developers Kit. Now it's nearly time for Ara's next phase to begin, as Google prepares to distribute the dev boards that will let hardware makers continue with work towards creating the modules that will go into Ara devices. A few weeks back Google ...

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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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    One of Google's ongoing ambitious projects is Project Ara, the modular smartphone letting you swap internal components at ease. One of the questions surrounding the project lately has been about which companies will sign on to deliver parts for the smartphone, and we are finally now seeing some news regarding this. Toshiba will be supplying chips for the smartphone, an oddity considering that the current chip market has been saturated by giants NVIDIA, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Intel. The company will provide three different types of processors for the device, for both modules and the phone ...

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    The whole point of Google's Project Ara is to give users more control over their phones' hardware: no longer would shoppers be constrained to the prefabricated designs chosen by OEMs, and instead would enjoy untold freedom in combining a number of feature-packed modules with an endoskeleton frame. With the release of the Module Developers Kit early last month we got a great look at some of the configurations that might be possible with the Ara system, including a very petite option (above, right). Apparently this smaller form factor is attracting a lot of attention, as it inspires hope ...

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    The "flagship killer" that demands that you "NEVER SETTLE" breaks cover. The pioneer of the modern mobile browser shares his story. And at long last, Microsoft and Nokia finally consummate their love. We could have a feature segment, but with news this hot, do we really need one? Not with a guest like Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump to bring some flavor (and profanity) to the proceedings, that's for sure. A word on the language of this episode: we've recently ditched the "Clean" content rating that's been with us from the start of the Weekly, trading it in for Apple's ominous "Explicit" ...

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    News about Google's Project Ara, the effort to transform smartphones from these pre-configured all-or-nothing options we have now to something much more modular, akin to a build-it-yourself PC, has been absolutely exploding in recent weeks. Just a few days back we were checking out the release of the Ara Module Developers Kit, and this week brings the arrival of the first Ara dev conference, which kicked off earlier today. There, Google shared some of its vision for what's up next for Ara, including when we can expect this hardware to actually go up for sale. Google's ETA for when users ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the availability of the HTC One M8 on other carrier stores and even Best Buy. Then we talk about some next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display rumors which include an A8 chip and Touch ID. Then we talk about the iPhone 6, the rumors of a 5.5-inch 1080p display on one model though with varied sapphire scenarios. The iWatch follows the news as we talk about the rumor that there are two models, both fashionable, but one may cost thousands of dollars. We end today's show talking about Motorola's new President and COO, and ...

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    We're right at the cusp of an exciting period in the development of Google's Project Ara, with the firs dev conference just days away and rumors suggesting prototype hardware might be fully functional within a matter of weeks. Today Ara hit one big milestone, with Google making available the Module Developers Kit that hardware guys can use to start crafting their own interchangeable elements that will make up the final Ara phones. The kit covers design guidelines, describing valid module dimensions, internal construction, and layout for power/communication pads. All Ara modules are based ...

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