ARA prototype is closer to fruition than ever as a new video shows working bits and pieces put together to form a possibly futuristic smartphone. The modular and piece-upgradeable phone is back with exciting news after the bomb which was the possibility of hot-swapping modules with the device still on (thanks to modified Android Lollipop version).
Phonebloks recently showed its progress with the Ara phone and it looks like an updated version of the prototype seen at Google I/O earlier this year.
It appears that Ara is not the only modular project in development, as a second prototype codenamed Spiral 2 is being worked on at the moment. It appears that chips from Toshiba could downgrade the space required on modularity to below 50%.
It appears that Phonebloks is working on producing a viable device for 2015 and the components of the entry-level device will cost between $50 and $100 dollars.
At the Ara module Developers Conference in January more details regarding Spiral 2 will be disclosed as well, along with the possibly new Ara version. The first event will take place on January 14th in Mountain View and it will be followed by similar happenings in London, New York and Buenos Aires and a second event will be held on January 21st in Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai.
You can apply to participate at one of the events and you have until November 26th to sign up. In case you’re picked you will find out by December 2nd when you will have to pay a $25-$200 fee as well.
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