Video shows the Project Ara team at work inside Google
posted by Alan F. / Apr 03, 2014, 8:32 PM
The video at the bottom of this story introduces the current Project Ara team and gives away some clues as to where the team is now, in regard to launching a modular phone. It seems that there is still plenty of work to be done, but Google seems focused on getting a modular phone into the hands of the public.
In February, Google revealed some more details about Project Ara saying that it wants the entry-level unit to be priced at no more than $50. For that price, buyers would get a Wi-Fi radio, a touchscreen and the circuitry to run both. Google is planning on opening kiosks where Project Ara owners can buy the modular parts they need to build the rest of their smartphone the way they want it.
On April 15th and 16th, the first Ara Developers conference will be held, raising the public's awareness of the project. The conference will be held online. So what do you think? Still excited about the concept? The first Project Ara device is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2015.
source: Phonebloks via Engadget
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Google will rule the world one day
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:41 PM 21
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this is innovation, the "real" one
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:57 PM 23
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apple will patent this, and will sue google in 3 years from now
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:48 PM 16
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god forbid those boy-loving apple tree huggers from throwing ruin to this marvelous idea
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:50 PM 11
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So you're either trying to insult Apple fans by calling them pedophiles (which is disgustingly low) or gay (if you mean "boy" as in "any male,") in which case you're being disgustingly homophobic. Yeah.
posted on Apr 04, 2014, 12:26 AM 4
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I can see nokia and windows making something like this.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 9:02 PM 0
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i'm thinking about that S4/S5 and M8/M7 drop tests videos from yesterday. How would ARA do? Scenario#1 It hits the ground with one corner and all you need to do is possibly replace one component. If you can remove it! Scenario#2 it hits the ground, cracks the screen, and deforms the main frame so you cannot remove most of the modules due to deformation. Scenario#3 It hits the ground, and most of it flies apart :-) Good thing is that ultimately (hopefully), you can buy only any modules you need to replace, including main frame. lets wait and see..
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 10:19 PM 0
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I'm thinking a bumper (the band style cases like what Apple used on the ip4 to correct the antenna issue) would solve the problem. Not only would it hold the modules in place, but it would also cushion the fall. As far as the frame, if they're selling the entry level unit for $50, you wouldn't be out much to replace it. That's what most phone repair shops charge for minimal work. Either way, this not only helps for people who want to upgrade without buying a new phone, but it could also help for damaged phones. Screen cracked or the speaker's out? Swap it yourself. Those repair shops are gonna hate this idea though.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 11:18 PM 2
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Well... it's said to be held together by electromagnetism... so that could be quite resilient to the falling apart scenario. Plus the fact that the components are separate mean more impact dispersion and cushioning of the vital "endoskeleton", reducing the likelyhood of #2. Plus, these are expected to be made of 3D printed plastic, and I firsthand know how tough those plastics can be.
posted on Apr 16, 2014, 2:05 AM 0
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They bought the idea from a guy. The original was phone blocks
posted on Apr 04, 2014, 2:32 PM 0
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Its the same thing....it mentions on the phonebloks website Motorola/Google as a partner. It even mentions "developing the phone with Motorola and your help." It even mentions Phonebloks on the Project Ara website.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 9:26 AM 0
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