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

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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41 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

3. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

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

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

21. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

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

6. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

16. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

motorola innovation and google's money.

18. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

A great combination :D

33. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

What innovation? I only see an EPIC DoA coming.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

5. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

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

7. Cyagocaliz unregistered

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

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Keep in mind that sarcasm cannot be expressed through text.

12. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

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

28. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Couldnt argue at this

8. Deadeye37

Posts: 288; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

9. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Very nice commercial

11. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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?

13. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 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..

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Games would fly with the Tegra K1 running on that resolution

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

15. JayBEE

Posts: 176; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

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

19. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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!

17. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

27. projectara

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 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 ยป 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.

29. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 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.

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