Update: Apparently that whole thing about the phone failing the drop test was a joke, according to Project Ara's later Twitter post, but apparently they are still using a new way to connect the modules together and ditching their electropermanent magnet idea.
Original story: Google confirmed earlier this week that the first market pilot for its Project Ara modular smartphone would be pushed...
Project Ara, Google's long-in-development effort to make a smartphone with swappable modular hardware parts, has officially delayed its launch. After confirming last week that its plans for a 2015 pilot market launch in Puerto Rico have been scrapped, the company has now stated that Project Ara won't launch until sometime in 2016.
Update: PCWorld reports that, according to a Google spokesperson, the Project Ara sales pilot project for Puerto Rico is no longer going to happen. The spokesperson offered no other details.
Original story: Project Ara, which is Google's effort to create a smartphone using quickly changed modular parts, is looking like it has hit a snag. The project's official Twitter feed has posted a series...
Google's Project Ara modular smartphone effort will get some third party help from companies like Toshiba. It recently showed off some early prototypes of camera modules that can be used with the current Spiral 2 design of the smartphone.
Project Ara is one of the more interesting and ambitious things we've seen come out of Google in the mobile arena in some time. The basic idea is a smartphone-like device, but one that has swappable components that can be changed out simply to either improve the experience of the device or add new features. Cameras, batteries and sensors can be added at will to a Project Ara phone without...
Android phone maker Yezz has revealed its plans to support Google's Project Ara module smartphone efforts. It will show of its first module prototypes as part of its exhibit plans at the 2015 Mobile World Congress Trade show in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5.
Google has revealed that the island territory of Puerto Rico will be the location for the first Project Ara market pilot. The modular smartphone system is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. territory sometime in 2015.
Google will reveal more information about its plans for Project Ara - its attempt to produce a smartphone with modular hardware components - today starting at 11 a.m. EST as part of its second Module Developers Conference in Mountain View, California.
Project Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Marvell PXA1928 will be joining Rockchip as options for Ara's processing power.
Google showed off an image today of one of its printed circuit boards created for the Spiral 2 prototype of Project Ara, its modular smartphone project that its ATAP division has been developing for some time.
While Google is still experimenting with the idea of building smartphones out of modular components, we're already seeing some challengers to the concept. Project Ara won't be out until some time next year and we've already reported on Vsenn, one challenger to the idea, and now we're seeing Puzzlephone. Where Puzzlephone hopes to distinguish itself on the market is by simplifying the idea of...
A close-up look at how the modular smartphone is coming along
We're still quite a ways a away from modular smartphones — as in a device with interchangeable components — becoming a thing. But that hasn't done a thing to lessen the excitement over Project Ara, which is very much trying to make this sort of customizable smartphone a viable product. Our pal Myriam Joire — tnkgrl — brought us...
Project Ara could soon have modular health attachments that would turn it into a small hub for collecting medical data. On stage at the Engadget Expand conference, Project Ara head Paul Eremenko demonstrated on such module in the form of a snap-on pulse oximeter, allowing the phone to measure oxygen saturation levels in the blood.
A newly released video shows a prototype of a device using Google's Project Ara modular phone concept that's being developed by a Boston-based contractor, NK Labs. The video was released on the same day Google revealed plans to hold two Project Ara developer conferences in January,
Project Ara, Google's experimental effort to create a smartphone with modular components, will enter a new phase in January. Google will hold two Project Ara developer conferences where it will offer updates on their hardware and software plans.
Google will create a store, complete with reviews and recommendations, to sell various modules and components for its modular phone project known as Project Ara. In an interview at Purdue University, Google's Paul Eremenko said that Google would be following the software model of the Play Store in creating a hardware store to sell modules for the Project Ara phone.
Google's modular Project Ara smartphone is due to launch in 2015 with a special version of the Android L operating system. Along with that news, Google's Paul Eremenko also announced that we should see hot-swappable components so you can swap the camera modules, for example, without having to power off the phone.
Google has announced that its updated Project Ara is getting a new processor that will be even better. The processor from Rockchip is described in a Google+ post as being a "trailblazer" for the modular smartphone, which allows users to upgrade individual components rather than having to upgrade their entire phones as technology changes and progresses.