Project Ara coming to MWC 2015 in Barcelona
posted by Alan F. / Feb 12, 2015, 1:36 PM
Eventually, a Project Ara phone will allow users to upgrade the camera, RAM, GPU, the display and other components by simply snapping out the old part and snapping in the new one. On Wednesday, Toshiba announced that it had partnered up with Gujarat chipmaker Einfochips to produce the chips for the Project Ara handsets. Toshiba's Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Shardul Kazi says the company has designed two different versions of the phone, the Spiral One and the Spiral Two. Spiral Three will soon be launched and both it and Spiral Two will be offered to consumers.
Toshiba's Kazi says that the cost of the modules will range from $50 to $500 and will be adjusted to make them 'reasonable' to users. Last September, we were told that outside of the battery, the CPU and the display, the modular parts will be hot-swappable.
Google is obviously determined to take Project Ara as far as it can. We're looking forward to seeing what information is released in Barcelona and passing it on to you.
Thanks for the tip!
source: STJSGadgets (1), (2)
This is going to be awesome. The future of smartphones right here.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 1:39 PM 13
Looks like another gimmick to me.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 7:09 PM 2
Posts: 6018; Member since: Aug 06, 2013
Says the guy who hates everything that doesn't have an Apple logo on it. Lots of people build their own computers because it saves them money in the long run and they can always replace hardware themselves. Those that buy their own computers are intimidated by the complexity of the whole process of building one or they prefer a restrictive OS that won't allow a aide assortment of hardware like Linux or Windows. That being said, Project Ara could not make the process more simple. It's also incredibly affordable to simply update the modules when you feel like it as opposed to buying a new phone each year from a company that grossly overcharges their customers for underwhelming tech. Then there's the customization possibilities of the concept, Any piece to tech will hit this phone before you see them on other mainstream devices, if even ever. Night vision, 3D cameras, blood glucose sensor, lasers, God knows what else. Will you use any of those? Probably not, but that doesn't mean that thousands, or millions won't find Project Ara more intuitive than anything any other company has to offer. So how about that Mr. Kanye West? Is this something exciting and original or is Apple, I mean Beyonce, still more original? lol.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 7:44 PM 10
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Don't upset Mxytroll, he's only unhappy because ARA started out as a Motorola thing, and he HATES moto, as some moto phone he had a hundred years ago didn't perform to his liking, go ctr (cry tears of rage)
posted on Feb 13, 2015, 6:01 AM 1
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A device that can be upgraded as technology advances, rather than replacing the entire device. And it can be done in a way that requires no tools, special or otherwise. To you that's a gimmick and everyone should see it that way. If that were the case, most anything that can have it's internal components upgraded is a gimmick. If nothing else, this would eliminate the higher costs to upgrade the entire device, and it could also allow you to carry multiple configurations with you and swap the components as you need them. Need a great camera for important shots, swap in a better camera module. Need better speakers for music listening, swap in a larger speaker module. Need longer battery life if you're going to be in a low signal area, swap out unnecessary modules and swap in multiple battery modules. It would allow tailoring your device to your needs when you need it, and allow you to upgrade your device as more advanced modules become available.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 10:20 PM 4
Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 05, 2013
Mxyzptlk - It is only luck, that your daily job does not involve looking in to mobile future and bringing new gadgets to the world. We would be all doomed with our very own "over priced app launcher" and think, thats the way to go. Your lack of vision is allready in the range of idiotism, since you talk down everything that is not "fruit branded". Im not mad at you for beeing such a hater, im just sad, that you see need to come here and commet "This is gimmick" without any knowlegede, experience nor vision about innovative gadgetary. You might be a bright evangelist, who thinks about a better world, but you sound like a 5 year old, who is told, that you cant have this. And you dont tell how it is - you tell, that everything beyond apple is pointless and as a techie - thats a mortal sin.
posted on Feb 13, 2015, 2:05 AM 0
Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 05, 2013
Well thats the difference between techies and trolls. I would defenetly classify you as a troll. I, beeing a techie, can see lots of wonderous things Apple has done for its users. I want innovation and I am picky about any gadget, no matter the brand or maker. It just is that apple has allways had more focus on design and marketing than technological innovation, not meaning they have done anything at all. This means a lot of "features" are nothing but slogans. Sure you see that with any company - but "It a gimmick!" without any explanations is just bad manners. I have yet failed to see any arguments in your commeting, just random blasting. Beeing a fan doesnt mean blindly following a brand and condamming others. I am a Sony user and Android fan, doesnt mean that i see everything from google or sony as gold. There are tons of things that can be better with devices I use - but I really like Android and really like Sony. I you may have a vision about bright future, its just your way of blasting out stupidity has nullified any credebility and most comments you write can be designated as trolling of a iSheep. Maybe thats your thing, me as a intelligent person, would really hate, if I'm looked at like halfwited moron, that hates all but one brand.
posted on Feb 15, 2015, 6:38 AM 1
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Letting you decide which os you want would be a big thing for me. Hopefully this won't be the only option as Google probably wont let you install wp on it.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 1:43 PM 0
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Its impossible , i hope you understand that. Only Android is capable of stuff like this.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 1:54 PM 6
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Its because Android and its applications are agnostic. The vast majority of applications are not compiled for any specific hardware architecture. Where as Windows and Apples applications are compiled specifically for certain hardware. It makes their applications run faster, but then the trade off is it locks in the applications to only work on specific hardware. This is where Android shines above the crowd. Now Microsoft is trying to move where Android is already at with its universal applications. The same holds true for Apple and its Apple swift. But both Microsoft and Apples existing ecosystem and its developers would have to rewrite their existing applications in order to make them agnostic. Android from day one has been an agnostic platform, and can support Ara. Just look at the current AP (Application Processor) modules. There is currently 2 with a third coming very soon. The Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, Marvell PXA1928, and the last one that is still to come is the Mediatek processor. The first two are 64 bit processors, and the Mediatek is suppose to be a 32 bit processor. All these processors are not supported by either Microsoft or Apple. The one you should be talking to is Microsoft if you want to see WP on an Ara device. Apple well they have there own problems and we would never see an Ara Apple device.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 3:39 PM 2
Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 30, 2013
main problem with a modular phone is the tiny battery module you can fit in to it.
posted on Feb 12, 2015, 2:10 PM 0
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