We’ve gotten an update on Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara. Google is bringing both the NVIDIA Tegra K1 and the Marvell PXA1928 processors to the device, and we should see prototypes at their developer’s conference at the beginning of 2015.
Google took to G+ today to show off a new Ara Spiral 2 PCB prototype. Additionally, they revealed plans to livestream their upcoming Ara dev conferences.
Google’s special Project Ara team has developed and is currently testing a module that is capable of measuring blood oxygen levels.
Co-founded by a former Nokia X program manager, the newly established Vsenn has announced a modular mobile project with some very impressive claims.
The next Project Ara developer’s conferences will take place in January, where Google will show off the latest prototype and will also discuss improvements to the tools used to make modules.
Project Ara, Google’s futuristic modular smartphone, is edging towards its pilot release, sometime in 2015. Talking at a Purdue University event, the head of the project explained how Google plans to sell the modules making up Ara phones.
A few new details related to Ara have come to light, such as the fact it will allow hot-swapping of nearly every component (except stuff like screen and CPU). The OS of choice will be a modified version of Android L.
Join us as we take a detailed look at Ara and ask the question “is this the future of phones” or merely an interesting side project?
What Project Ara module would you like to build? Apply now, if Google likes what you’ve got to say, a Project Ara developer board could be headed your way by the end of the month.
As exciting as it was to see Android L in action, and hear about some of Google’s plans for TV and auto, there were plenty of other things on our wish list that got no keynote love.