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Spiral 2 announced, first Project Ara model that will go on sale

Posted: , by Alan F.

Spiral 2 announced, first Project Ara model that will go on sale
On Wednesday, at the Project Ara Developers Conference in Mountain View, Google announced the Spiral 2. This will be the first version of the modular phone that will be offered for sale. The specs are far from flagship material. Resolution on the screen is 720 x 1280. The dual application processors include the Marvell PXA1928 and the NVIDIA Tegra K1. A 5MP camera is on board and the phone would feature 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

With a battery that offers 20% to 30% less capacity than the average smartphone cell, battery life for the Spiral 2 is not what most handset users are accustomed to. The device has 11 working modules at present, a number Google expects to see hit as high as 30 by the end of the year. There will be a module offering an improved camera and another one featuring 4G LTE connectivity.

The Spiral 2 will be offered in Puerto Rico later this year where it has the advantage of being a small market, and is connected to the U.S. This will allow Google to work with the FCC on the project before it is widely launched. There is already talk of a Spiral 3 which will have a longer lasting battery and 4G LTE connectivity pre-installed.

Google has released a clever little video showing how easy it is to turn your phone into a higher spec'd model by snapping in modular parts. The video also shows how a cracked display can be easily replaced by sliding in a new one.

source: Google via AndroidandMe

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posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:34 19

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Innovation at its best. Thanks to Google for bringing this project to life. Really looking forward to this device :)

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:40 1

3. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)

I am sure that most of this tech was stolen from the brilliant people at Microsoft. Perhaps a patent suit is called for.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:49 20

4. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)

Please, just stop. You make all the MS fans look like idiots, and at the same time make yourself look like a bigger idiot. It isn't funny, so just stop.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 19:26 6

21. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)

He thinks that the modular bit are tiles from that bargain bin OS.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:53 7

6. shaineql (Posts: 355; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Stolen from what Lumia phones thst can barely run on its own ?
A:Microsoft never ever used linux , which is used to make this baby possible , most advenced kind of linux and kernels in the world at the moment. MS isnt capable of making their WP 8.1 to the point where it can compete with others.
B: You have no idea what you are talking about. MS is 100% bullet proof closed source , even if they did work in linux department , nobudy would see their sources.
C: Even the idea behind this project itself dosent come nowhere near piece of S lumia garbage phones
go get a life.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 20:27 2

23. sgodsell (Posts: 3626; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

The real problem is that for both iOS and WP, their applications are specifically compiled and optimized for their respective hardware. So they traded speed and optimization for portability and being an agnostic platform. Where as Android has been agnostic from day one, and is positioned perfectly for project Ara. Android doesn't care if your soc is Nvidia, Marvell, Qualcomm, Rockchip, MIPS, Intel, AMD (x86 in general). It just doesn't matter for the vast majority of Android's apps. Since Android uses the Linux kernel. Linux itself supports practically every CPU know to man. Both Apple and Microsoft have to do a paradigm shift in their app stores. Microsoft started with WP8.1 and universal apps, but developers have to recompile and rework their code to make their application a universal app. Windows 10 is suppose to help even farther, but will never catch up to Linux or Android. Apple is also looking to move things over to Apple swift so iOS and OS X applications can run on either of Apples platforms. Still it cannot compare to Android which was designed to be agnostic from day one. Way to go Android and Google.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 21:36

24. Scott93274 (Posts: 4604; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Microsoft is the biggest copy cat in the tech industry. They're anything but brilliant.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:32 2

16. hemedans (Posts: 511; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)

motorola innovation and google's money.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:34 2

18. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)

A great combination :D

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 03:26

33. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

What innovation? I only see an EPIC DoA coming.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:36 1

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I'm excited to see how this whole project will go in the future :D

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 16:52 1

5. cGmC11 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

Will be part of Project ARA for sure...because I living in that small market., hopefully!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:26

7. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)

This is not innovation, but the iPhone 6 Plus is!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:41 7

10. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Keep in mind that sarcasm cannot be expressed through text.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:16 1

12. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)

Ha! I must say, you turned that around quite cleverly.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 22:29

28. rahul.niks (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Couldnt argue at this

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:29 6

8. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)

If everything is that easy to snap in, this would be a huge game changer! Unfortunately, this could also die quickly if the price isn't right or the coolness/value properly marketed. If Apple was releasing this, everyone would be falling over themselves trying to get one. Hopefully Google plays their cards right with this.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:41

9. Fallen1 (Posts: 285; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)

Very nice commercial

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:55

11. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)

another beta phone for a beta os. Google needs to stop throwing money on science projects. i thought this was modular phone with upgradable parts? spiral 3 already?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:22

13. milesboy5 (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

What are you talking about? The only way for someone to innovate is to risk the money on said "science projects". Google is just making the bare bones for this, after that it is up to camera manufacturers, battery manufacturers, etc, etc. To come up with the advanced parts. Spiral 2 has been around for a while now, just not to the public.

Go do some research first..

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 19:36

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4183; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

No, "true" innovation is taking existing technology and making it your own. Didn't you know that? ;-)

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:26

14. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Games would fly with the Tegra K1 running on that resolution

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 21:50

26. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Indeed, and 720p is honestly enough for most phones, maybe if you have a phone with a big screen you should have 1080p, but 5in or less do great with 720.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:30

15. JayBEE (Posts: 113; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)

I just want to build a proper successor to the Nokia N900... yeah I know it's a pipe dream :)

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:45 1

19. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Dream On, Dream On.

I would love to have Maemo 5 on newer hardware. Seeing the words Nokia N900 makes me want to buy another one!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:33

17. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)

How much would this cost? I would pay around $200-300 for it, but later spend more on higher specs. As long as the reviews are good, I'm in.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 21:49

25. Scott93274 (Posts: 4604; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I believe that I read somewhere that the frame itself would cost $15 and the rest of the modules would be priced separately, to have a fully functioning phone it will take around $50.00, and that would be for the absolutely lowest end hardware modules. The better the module you get, the more costly it becomes.

Being in the IT department at my work, I would love it if we had phones like this to work with on site.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:56 2

20. tedkord (Posts: 11619; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

This is by far the most exciting thing going on in smartphone innovation today.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 22:17

27. projectara (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)

I think this following article has some direction for ara battery
from projectaratalk


A solar panel module to increase the battery life
Postby TimK » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:59 am

It has been many years that engineers want to integrate solar panel into a smartphone. However, it is a risk. 1. The efficiency is an issue. In order to solve this, engineer would need to put a big panel on a smart phone. You don't that next generation Samsung smartphone has only feature which is a big solar panel. 2.Not everyone like that. Even if it is a cool feature to increase the battery of the smartphone, why I should use that but not a powerbank or a spare battery?

Google project Ara gives solar smart phone a new hope. Since it allows users to customer make their phones, they can put many solar panel modules into their phones. On the other hand, they can also has spare batteries. The most importance is profit. Big companies that like Samsung would not make a new phone with only a big cool feature. They will be easily losing money. However, the market for a module would be much bigger and easier to make money.

I guess that solar panel module would be a key part of the Project Ara Phones.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 22:58

29. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

Its still in beta. Till the time we can't change the outer body completely a average consumer might not think owning one. But excited to see how the phone performs in day to day life. Can't wait till someone reviews this phone. The Only phone I'm waiting for this year. Tegra k1 says it all. Good choice they ditched sd810.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 23:16

30. avinash22i (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

Ho I am excited.. . So many possibilities...The only thing that I am afraid of is the price any thing above 200 to 300 dollars and the emerging markets will shut it out completely and let's be frank that's the market that they need capitalise first...

I really hope that this is the future... I really do...

A 4.5 inches phone with a modest 720 p display.
3000 mah battery.
Quad core at 1.2 ghz and 3gb ram.
The best camera that they can offer with dual flash.
A really high grade loud speaker.

Take my money just take it.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 23:35

31. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Sorry Google. I find it ugly and impractical if you cost the replacement pieces more expensive than the typical built-in gadgets.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 00:18

32. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4183; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

But there's a big difference in cost between putting a component on a motherboard and soldering it in, and making that piece swappable. Another thing to consider, when upgrading, you only have to deal with a few components on a device like this, where with a device like the current smartphone, you completely replace the entire device. It may cost more at the start, but upgrading will cost less in the long run. Granted, there won't be any subsidies to offset the cost like there is for current devices, but if you compare retail pricing, these upgradeable devices will cost less, especially as the market matures.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 04:10

34. avinash22i (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

Good luck shelling out for a new flagship every year. While we can just swap what the future tech offers in ARA SMART PHONES.

Example like in my case i do not want a screen more than 720p however on the other hand if a next version of RAM CHIPSET pops up I will be the first one to buy and swap it.

And besides it isn't about the cost it's about the customisation, it's my phone with my wants not what others offer you.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 05:31

35. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Why shell out every year? Is it mandatory to replace our phone annually? I prefer waiting for 2 to 2.5 years before deciding for a new phone. With fast obsolescence, that 2 year interval is enough to squeeze manufacturers from creating better products. I'm not into "you should have the latest gadget" fad so buying a new gadget works fine with me.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 07:15

36. avinash22i (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

You are contradicting your very own first statement of charging a hefty amount for replacement pieces. If you do not want the latest version of a tech then why are you even worried about the price the charged. Which I am sure considering Google and their need for mass acceptance of this new tech, the price vil not be over the top.

Leave that to guys like us who can and vil upgrade any SINGLE component if we need it...

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 08:48

37. tokuzumi (Posts: 961; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

I'm going to Puerto Rico in December, so maybe I'll pick one of these up

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 10:37

38. maikyvenger (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

I live in Puerto Rico, let see if it worth :-D

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 16:15

39. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

This is relevant to my interests.

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 20:27

40. hellt1M (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

Im confused.. isnt the point of this phone to be able to upgrade the parts we want better? the article talks about how crappy the camera and battery is and looking forward to the spiral 3... the video shows that we can swap out these parts for something better. i thought the point was to release a shell and upgrade the parts not the entire device.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 19:46

41. attagent (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

This project will give to mobile device customers the opportunity of upgrade their devices like a computer, updating ram, processor, camera, screen, as far as the mother bord allows them.

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