ARA prototype functional in video, will be accompanied by Spiral 2 prototype in January 2015

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.

Source: Androidpolice


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Project ARA to use modified Android L version allowing hot-swapping modules on the go

Project ARA is making progress and its next step seems to be using a modified version of Android L which supports hot-swapping all modules except for the Screen and CPU ones. Google is trying to make the impossible possible and does not give its LEGO smartphone project go away. New details were released recently by project head Paul Eremenko who says the module can be taken apart while it is active.

Project ARA is, in essence, the perfect phone made out of modules you can add or replace as you want. Those who want a better camera, a better screen or more storage space and add better modules can give up other modules which represent features they don’t usually need.

Eremenko says that Ara will function on a modified Android L version which enables modular hardware to be used and interchanged. The device should allow module swapping while the phone is running – only the CPU and screen cannot be exchanged in this instance. RAM can’t be changed all at once and the main storage will not be able to be swapped while the device is running either.

In order to make project Ara reality, Google is working with Linaro, an open source engineering firm, to design the Android version needed by the device. It appears that modules will be sold in online stores where customers will be able to create the phone they want as they go. The first working version of the Ara device could be shown in December, at a dev conference, and the product may become viable on the market in 2015.

Source: Phonebloks