Google offers developer board for Project Ara modular phone

Google offers developer board for Project Ara modular phone
Google has started taking requests for developer boards used for the Project Ara modular phone. The board was unveiled during the developer conference in April, and helps developers build prototypes of modules for the handset. You can request the board by clicking on the sourcelink below, and filling out the form. This must be done before the clock turns to July 18th on the West Coast of the U.S. A second group of requests can be made before August 18th.

Before you get the board, you have to agree to a number of terms from Google. Because there is a limited number of boards, Google wants to know precisely how you plan on using it. The boards are necessary because developers need to make sure that their modules work with the circuitry of the handset.

The first set of boards is expected to ship later this month. If you do receive your dev board so soon, it means that Google likes your idea and thinks your module has merit. By the way, the next developer conference will be taking place in November. By then, we will know who won the $100,000 for the first Project Ara Developer Prize Challenge. You need to send in a 5 minute video along with the official entry form. The entry must be in Google's hands by September 1st while a working module must be received by September 30th. On that date, the winner will be notified. The first place winner receives $100,000 and the knowledge that his module will certainly be offered to Project Ara buyers.

Google is releasing a developer board for those developing modules for the Project Ara modular phone

Google is releasing a developer board for those developing modules for the Project Ara modular phone


source: ProjectAra

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21 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Cant wait for Project Ara Hopefully its ready as planned for the end of 2015

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree!

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What a waste of resources. RF is such a b1tch. They will never get call quality complying specs set by carriers. And power consumption is also extremely problematic with this kind of modular system since all those connecting interfaces serve as resistances, wasting TONS of energy. The person who approved such a BS project must be a moron.

3. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

No. But you are. if you are living in year like 50's or something that may be problems. There are tons of solutions for the problems you are talking about.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The only moron I see here is you. At what capacity do you represent Google or any of its developers. I looking forward to its development. Hope for better things to come out from this project.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well TBH nothing can "satisfy" a pessimist girl like you :)

8. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

So just because of resistance of interfaces and energy wastage, the world needs stop inventing? Remember with a single problem, there can be 100s of new innovations. If the issues you mentioned are problematic then they needs to be solved rather than bashing innovations.

9. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Innovation? Fine. But this project Ara is sooooooo waaaaay off from the reality. You can innovate nothing with futile attempts.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And you can stop these BS comments because they are futile and affect none :)

11. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Since when are truth and reality BS?

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Since you defined "truth". :)

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He's the new Taco50 guys.

12. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

it's so far from reality, you mean like iPhone concept?

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You know about system development. If Remixfa was here, you would've lost the debate and discussions. Whateverman Roryrevolution Sniggly Hipresearch These were users were knowledgeable about system developer design, to counter attack you.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Custom made, highend lithium polymer cad batteries are still existence. Due to being expensive, no Oems are willing to use those expensive batteries.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Give Google/Motorola the credit they are due. Project Ara is something that is novel and innovative. The opposite of this is Microsoft -- they can't innovate anything on their own.

17. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Give credit where it's due, Microsoft has innovated some amazing stuff, one of which is Kinect.

6. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I really wish Google makes a Board with space for 4000mAh battery. And ofcourse the Xenon Flash

14. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

im sure that third party OEM will if google will not. I think Project Ara is a needed spark to ignite the modular mobile revolution. Lots of OEM will surely go with this after a successful launch.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is exciting stuff. When matured, current phones will be looked upon like replaceable/disposable junk.

21. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

now hold on a sec before we all call in them strippers and bust out the floor woofers; did I just read "Ti OMAP 4460" in that?

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