Posts tagged with: Project Ara
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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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    Last night we heard a great development in Google ATAP's ongoing work with Project Ara, announcing the first of several developer's conferences to take place throughout the year. At this first one in April, interested devs will get the tolls they need to start deigning the interchangeable hardware modules that will ultimately give Ara the level of customizability that's at the heart of the effort. Time Tech has a great write-up on what Ara's about, where it came from, and where it's going, and in telling Ara's story it drops a couple interesting tidbits, like the idea that the base-level ...

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    Will the ambitious Project Ara, born under Motorola and living-on with Google through the company's Advanced Technology and Projects group (the team behind that tantalizing 3D-mapping handset), really end up shifting the smartphone market from one dominated by pre-built monolithic phones to eminently customizable models, formed from a number of individually upgradable components? That would be ten shades of awesome, but for now this is still very much one big experiment. As the year rolls on, however, Ara stands to start feeling more and more real, and today Google ATAP outlined the Ara ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    We're still reeling a little bit from this evening's wholly unexpected news of Lenovo acquiring Motorola's smartphone business from Google. Shortly after first hearing it as a rumor, confirmation swiftly arrived, and we've had some time since to reflect on just what all this means. One question that we noticed popping up quite a bit in your comments following this news has been what this sale might mean for Motorola's Project Ara, that cool modular design that may just change how we look at smartphone hardware. In what sounds like good news, Ara will be sticking with Google, rather than ...

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    Motorola gave hope to a lot of smartphone fans who have long been frustrated by the limited number of hardware options available to them when it announced its Project Ara late last month. The wildly ambitious effort seeks to change how we think about hardware design, no longer forced to choose from combinations of phone components as dictated by a manufacturer, but free to combine interchangeable modules to build exactly the phone we're looking for. While Motorola offered some very cool images of early Ara designs, it was clear there's still a lot of work to be done, and even the alpha ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's event, which didn't talk about the Nexus 5, but did focus on some enhancements to Hangouts. Then we talk about the Nexus 5, as carriers like WIND Mobile can't wait to get you one through their pre-registration form, aside from the possibility of the phone actually making it to Sprint. We then talk about the Google Smartwatch, and how we can expected it sooner than later. We later focus on Motorola, and the leaks of the Moto G, even if we only get a name. We end today's show by talking about Motorola's Project Ara, which brings us ...

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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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    You might be familiar with the concept of modular phones since we told you about this neat concept called Phonebloks a little over a month ago, and we made the editorial case for extreme phone customization. Apparently, Motorola was also paying attention to this concept as the phone-maker is talking about this, calling it its Project Ara. The principle is rather simple: there's an endo(skeleton), which is the main piece of the phone holding all the parts in place, and the modules. Modules can be anything, really, from an application processor to a keyboard, display, battery, storage, etc. ...

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