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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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    Google's modular Project Ara concept design is coming along at a breakneck pace. In just a matter of months, the notion of a modular smartphone went from “what a neat idea,” to “oh, that conceptual render looks pretty nice,” to “holy crap, are they actually making this thing?” Sure enough, it's all coming together, and by now we're just days away from the first Ara developer's conference. As far as the hardware goes, we've seen this slide-into-place, magnetically-attached exoskeleton business over and over, but when's that going to transition from a testing bed to a usable, ...

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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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    Update: Video's been pulled; hope you watched it while you could. Project Ara is only just getting started, with the first dev conference still over a month away, but we're understandably excited about the sort of possibilities the project promises to offer. We have a long way to go before any of this starts approaching the phase were it might be ready for commercial deployment, but that hasn't stopped Google (and Motorola before it) from sharing with us some images of its early design prototypes. At the Launch festival in San Francisco this week, Google's Paul Eremenko took to the stage ...

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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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