We plan a series of three Ara Developers’ Conferences throughout 2014. The first of these, scheduled for April 15-16, will focus on the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers’ Kit (MDK). The MDK is a free and open platform specification and reference implementation that contains everything you need to develop an Ara module. We […]

Google’s Project Ara: Who Are Real Targets?

Google is betting on the untested but popular Maker Movement and trusting that its build-your-own-phone project will appeal to those of us who have little say in how smartphones are made, what they do, and how they look. Google apparently believes that the project will entice 6 billion people into the smartphone fold. Well, in […]

Xiaomi’s Project Ara-like modular smartphone leaked by CEO

We are very excited about Motorola’s Project Ara, not least because it promises to be an extension of the already-existing and excellent Moto Maker tool. But Motorola is not the only company looking to go after the modular smartphone segment. The American company’s rival in this area, though, comes from the orient. In China, Xiaomi has a […]

ZTE’s modular phone concept [VIDEO]

he idea of customizing your handset beyond just its looks has been often toyed with, but rarely realized. At CES this year, ZTE displayed its concept Eco-Mobius modular phone at its booth, which maps out how someone could customize and change his or her smartphone, hardware piece by hardware piece.   It’s interesting to see […]

Razer’s Project Christine modular PC

Phonebloks, Motorola’s Ara and most recently, ZTE’s Eco-Mobius have shown us what a modular smartphone should look like. How about a similar LEGO-style desktop? Here’s the Razer Project Christine dream PC which can survive your fiddly fingers if you count yourself amongst those who love having their hardware updated at all times. The company is quite new to […]

Flippypad: An Xperia Play-like concept for Project Ara

Games have always been a smaller (but still important) aspect of phones. Even back in the days when flip phones were the hot trend, most came with variations of popular games like Pac-Man, Tetris, and I believe one of my flip phones even had an Assassin’s Creed game (that was difficult to control, but still […]

Project Ara: Inside Google’s Bold Move to Make Smartphones Modular

The two-year quest to create the ultimate customizable phone, inside and out.  On January 29, Google announced that it had agreed to sell Motorola, its phone-manufacturing business, to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo. Thus concluded the company’s brief, unprofitable foray into smartphone hardware, which began when it revealed plans to acquire Motorola Mobility in August, 2011. […]