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Google Shows Off Project Ara Smartphones

Google is releasing more details about its customizable modular smartphone known as Project Ara. Timed to a developer conference for the so-called “gray phone,” project leader Paul Eremenko claims the device should be on sale in January 2015 for roughly $50. “It’s called the Gray Phone because it’s meant to be drab gray to get people to customize it,” he said during an event at the Computer History Museum. The phone has an exoskeleton structure into which interchangeable modules can fit to easily provide a user with the desired smartphone features, such as sensors, cameras, and radio antennas. The phone exterior can also be designed by the user with options including colors and 3D printed texturized surfaces for the phone. The phone originated in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division. The company retained the division, once part of Motorola, when it sold Motorola to Lenovo. Regina Dugan, the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), heads the unit. (San Francisco Business Journal)(CNET)(TechCrunch)

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