Project Ara caught in the Alphabet soup?

Project Ara caught in the Alphabet soup?
The Project Ara modular phone is the most well-known legacy remaining of Motorola's time spent as a Google subsidiary. Google ended up with Motorola's massive patent portfolio as well. We don't know if the pressure of the Google restructuring is getting to the Project Ara crew, but the unit's Twitter account was in use on Thursday with a few tweets apparently designed to reassure fans worried that the restructuring would mean the end of the Project.

The Project Ara Twitter account had gone quiet from the end of May through Wednesday when a pair of tweets went out, first to see if any Project Ara fans were still around, and the second to explain that the crew has been busy "making stuff." The tweets that went out on Thursday hinted that some changes are coming in the form of a "market pilot re-route." That sounds suspiciously like there will be a change in plans that will soon be announced

Project Ara was supposed to sell its first modular phone, the Spiral 2, in Puerto Rico later this year. One tweet sent out yesterday says, "And this is not goodbye Puerto Rico!" Adding talk about a market pilot re-route to that tweet sure sounds like the modular phone will end up making its debut elsewhere.

Project Ara did hint at further updates to come next week. As soon as we hear what is happening with the modular phone project, we will pass the news on to you.


source: @ProjectAra via Engadget

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13 Comments

1. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

they were supposed to bring the phone out in2015 wonder whats taking them so long im very curious to have such phone in my hand

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I won't be surprised if it get delayed I didn't even think a fully module phone would be possible until another decade

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What does a decade or more time have to do with project Ara. What do you think it still needed in order to make it possible? I know Android is the perfect choice for Ara right now, because Android is currently the only device agnostic platform with a vast device agnostic ecosystem to boot. No other platform can work with changing the CPU, ram, and storage. In fact Ara allows up to 2 different AP modules (Application Processor modules). For instance platforms like OS/X, iOS, Windows, and others would be impossible right now, unless they change their platforms and ecosystems

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You are right That's why before Project Ara, I didn't think it would possible for another decade Project Ara is so futuristic E.g. the phoneblocks concept video got tons of hate for being "too unrealistic" Then suddenly Google reveals Project Ara which is basically phoneblocks becoming an actual project IMO if Project Ara wasn't done by Google most people would call it vapourware or something like that

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You are incorrect, Windows Phone and Windows 10 mobile are perfectly capable of supporting this type of device.

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Shut up, shill...

14. Nopers unregistered

Wtf are you on about? You can basically put windows on any hardware config on desktop....android needs to release a distribution of it's OS tailor made for that specific device. How many brownies did you eat?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's newer tweets now "And don't worry... #ProjectAra isn't going anywhere! #justrecalculating" "And this is not goodbye Puerto Rico! Nos vemos en el futuro! #ProjectAra #tilwemeetagain" Hopefully they are expanding and going to test outside of Puerto Rico as well

4. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Interesting.

5. Roshi unregistered

Good stuff

6. mr2trce

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I totally forgot about project Ara since it's been so long since I've seen any updates. The curiosity has gone away for me as it seems like it'll take a couple of years before this project will mature

8. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

dying for project Ara!!!!! 5 inch screen, sd820, 3gb ram.. 20mp camera 3k battery... hells yeah.

10. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

What I like is the idea of having high end this but low end that, depending on your preferences. I'd like a high end processor, lots of ram and battery, but I don't care as much about the screen or camera resolution (or a front side camera at all). And while I'd like an optional fingerprint scanner, I don't think I would get that initially, but being able to add it would be nice.

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