Ara

  • The crazy dream of modular smartphones

    The crazy dream of modular smartphones

    File it under ‘it seemed great on paper’… but Google’s project Ara modular smartphone concept is — for all intents and purposes — dead. If you want to be a little more generous, you can say Google has pivoted away from attempting to engineer the impossible — i.e. total smartphone modularity — to strip it back to a few swappable units that will… Read More

  • Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

    Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

    Google’s ATAP team showed a working version of its Project Ara modular smartphone on stage at I/O today, with engineer Rafa Camargo snapping in a camera module and taking a quick photo on a device running the latest version of Android. It was a brief show of where the project’s at, and amazing when you consider the engineering involved in making it work. ATAP has shown off a… Read More

  • Phones Go Back To The Future

    Phones Go Back To The Future

    I’m no fan of LG’s rear smartphone control keys — but turns out the company had its finger on the pulse of looming hardware disruption when it ushered in those backside smartphone controls last summer, with the G2. The back of the smartphone is becoming a space to watch. Read More

  • Inspired By Google’s Project Ara, A U.K. Team Is Now Working On A Modular Smartwatch

    Inspired By Google’s Project Ara, A U.K. Team Is Now Working On A Modular Smartwatch

    Meet the wannabe modular smartwatch that intends to offer a fully customisable wearable experience, by allowing the user to choose which sensors and features make sense for their wrist — whether it’s a basic fitness band they’re after, or a more fully featured smartwatch. Read More