Google Previews New Designs for Its Modular Smartphones

oogle revealed new details about its plans for Project Ara, the company’s highly anticipated Android-powered modular smartphone at its Project Ara developers conference Tuesday. The conference aims to give developers a better understanding of how they can take advantage of the platform, and elaborates on the guidelines revealed to them last week when Google released […]

Google to ship Project Ara smartphone in January 2015

Google’s first self-assembly smartphone should be shipped in January 2015, according to project lead Paul Eremenko. The world’s first self-assembly smartphone could be in consumers’ hands as early as January 2015, the head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group has disclosed. Speaking at Project Ara’s premier developers’ conference on Tuesday (15 April 2014), Paul […]

Why Google’s Modular Smartphone Might Actually Succeed

In a two-story building in an industrial district of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ara Knaian shows off prototypes of what could be the industry’s first completely modular smartphone. On workbenches sit prototypes of memory modules, battery modules, and processor modules, all designed to slide easily in and out of an aluminum smartphone “endoskeleton.” A prototype infrared imaging […]

Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes. While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into […]

Google Releases First Developer Resources For Project Ara, Its Modular Smartphone

    Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara, its forthcoming modular smartphone, providing reference implementations for various design features. The ATAP describes Ara as follows: The Ara platform consists of an on-device packet-switched data network based on the MIPI UniPro protocol stack, a flexible power bus, and an […]

Project Ara Hardware Guidelines Detailed by Google

Ahead of its first Project Ara conference next week, Google released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) on Thursday for developers hoping to create pieces for the modular smartphone. Google notes that version 0.10 of the MDK is an extremely early guideline, but it still gives us some new information on Project Ara. Google clearly expects […]

Modular smartwatch — called Blocks

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone – itself inspired byPhonebloks – is still very much in development, with a workable modular handset not likely to appear until next year at the earliest (although Google has announced a developer conference for the concept this April). But the concept of an open hardware platform that supports device modularity is already inspiring others to apply the block-by-block […]

ZTE presents Eco-Mobius modular smartphone with removable parts at CES 2014

Motorola made waves back in October when it announced Project Ara, its new effort to create a new platform that would allow consumers to purchase modular smartphones that could be upgraded piece by piece. Moto’s not the only company that’s chasing the modular handset dream, though, as ZTE today revealed its own modular smartphone project […]

Xiaomi Magic Cube vs Project Ara

  So many companies want a piece of the action when it comes to designing a new smartphone with a difference, and one concept that really stands out from the rest is the Motorola Project Ara with Phonebloks connection – It now seems Xiaomi want a little of the limelight now. When it comes to […]