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.
“You’re going to get a glimpse of a small band of pirates trying to do epic shit.” This is how Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group boss Regina Dugan began her presentation yesterday at Google I/O.
During an ATAP session, Google gave us a closer look at actual Project Ara hardware. The device was even turned on, though it failed to fully boot.
Toshiba will be providing three types of processor for the modular Project Ara smartphone, which will be used in the modules and within the phone itself.
This week in your world of Android: clues of Android 4.4.3 emerged, the G3 broke cover, a phone killswitch initiative was announced, we learned more Project Ara details, Google released a new stock Android camera and updated other apps, and the OnePlus One’s design finally leaked.
In this Friday Debate, we talk about Project Ara, Google’s crazy modular phone concept that is rapidly turning into a real product. If you had the power to select the modules in your phone, what would you pick?
In hopes of generating more developer interest, Google has now announced a $100k Project Ara Challenge, which will kick off sometime in mid-May.