Project Ara's working prototype to be finished next month
0. phoneArena 08 Apr 2014, 04:42 posted on
MIT's Technology Review Journal paid the folks at Project Ara a visit. It seems the modular smartphone is truly coming along, and its prototype form is true to the project's original vision. According to project leader Paul Eremenko, Google will be providing the so-called "endoskeleton"of the modular phone, which will initially have eight rear slots for smaller modules...
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2. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Yeah. Enough with the flagships that always have some or the other Achilles Heel (S5 Build, M8 Camera, Moto X SoC, Nexus 5 battery etc.).
18. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Moto X SoC was the new and best part about the phone. It allowed the active display and made the phone "always listening". The others I can agree with, but the worst part of the Moto X from personal use would probably be the camera. Which compared to my Moto Droid 4, is an upgrade for me.
21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
The so called Moto X8 computing system is nothing but MSM8960Pro (Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz with 2 Krait 300 cores instead of 4) with 2 specialized cores strapped to it. Moto could have strapped the 2 specialized cores to Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz (MSM8974AA v2).
22. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
I agree with you. But I think that they chose the 600 over the 800 so that it was less power hungry and better on battery life. They did the same thing with the screen, choosing a 720p over 1080p. I thought it was a good move on their part. The phone is still fast for everyday use (as well as every new flagship is). The only need to have the 800 and above is for gaming, which is something I do not do on my phone.
24. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Snapdragon 800 is more powerful (S800 has higher peak perf vs. S600) AND is more efficient than S600 (for the same amount of perf, S800 consumes less power than S600).
25. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Ah, I did not know that. I guess the only other exception could have been to save money.
27. sprockkets (Posts: 1502; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
SD800 wasn't available in time. Simple as that.
28. UglyFrank (Posts: 893; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Or just strap the contextual awareness core to it since the S800 can already handle speech.
17. PunyPoop (Posts: 750; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
This is the reason why Samsung make their own OS (TIZEN)..
23. sgodsell (Posts: 1996; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
This is not the reason. In fact the goal of Ara is to get OEMS like Samsung to make modules.
30. 777light777 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
This will be the next gen Lego Nexus phone! YAY!
5. vincelongman (Posts: 2384; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I love building PCs, feels more rewarding than buying a console, also no compromises
Can't wait to one day build a phone, perfect for me with no compromises
6. mayur007 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
this project will forth the mobile world ..
thanx moto n google
7. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I'm really looking forward to seeing Ara reach the masses. Sure, some might not go for it, but this has the potential to blow the smartphone market wide open.
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Except it'll be way, way easier for the average person to mess around with these and customize than desktop PCs ever have been.
10. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
The others will ride your coat tails.
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3387; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Power of Aras to the consumers. We can get what we want. No more trade offs. Only the thing is that the modules should be affordable.
13. nightfury (Posts: 61; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
and also more choices of modules shud b available which takes us to the point that whether all manufacturers will go with it
12. nightfury (Posts: 61; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
this a true innovation man u got it right google......awesome we can customize the configuration according to our needs :)
14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1832; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Soon I'll be able assemble my own smartphone...
16. troutsy (Posts: 287; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
This probably can't come soon enough if you're a cellphone thief. Make it 1000 times easier to dump stolen goods.
19. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
I have been very excited about this phone since the launch of phone bloks. Something I hadn't thought about until now (its obvious to me now lol) is that something such as the charging port can be changed out when you are not using it. I was still having the same mentality that the charging port would be a "permanent" piece while in use, when you only need it when you are charging the device. Then you can pop it out for a sensor or whatever else. Same goes for the camera, headphone jack, etc. As long as the pieces do not cost too much, this phone will be extremely successful.
26. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 398; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Exciting concept. Only downside i can see is if it takes off it would increase cell phone thefts as the individual parts could be sold off. Even if a kill switch becomes mandatory in the future it wouldnt be feasible to do so on each module
29. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
i am thinking that what if i accidentally dropped my phone (i mean this project ara's phone) and it would be like "Holy S*** ! , my damn speaker module dropped into the drain !!!" lol