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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)

Google-Led Project Ara Aims to make Modular Smartphones

Google has been working on Project Ara: an open hardware platform designed to bring modular, customizable smartphones to market. The company’s Advanced Technology Projects group, led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, said the basic $50 handset will include a screen, a Wi-Fi radio, and will consist of a frame, which is also called the device’s exoskeleton, into which various modules—such as different types of displays, keyboards, or batteries—of the user’s choosing can fit, allowing for various customizations. The Users could customize their phones via a kiosk with tools designed to help them create their ideal device. Over time, consumers could swap out modules for upgrades or new ones. The company hasn’t yet acquired regulatory approval for the device and must still finish other tasks before it is ready for the market, according to Time magazine. (TIME)(Engadget)(CNET)

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