Project Ara pushes on, shows off a new working module

Project Ara pushes on, shows off a new working module




During a press preview held last weekend over in New York City, Google gave an update on what have been the latest developments for the smartphone that many are eagerly looking forward to – the unique Project Ara. They also showcased a new module that could very well open up new possibilities for the device.

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This first-of-its-kind smartphone previously encountered some bumps along the way, but their latest event proved that it’s not impossible for it to come to fruition. Paul Eremenko, Project Ara lead, successfully showed for the first time the device’s capability to hot-swap its modules without turning the entire handset off or removing the battery. It was explained that this was possible through an app that shuts down the modules so they could be safely removed (think USB removal method).

In addition, it also ran Angry Birds and played a video.

It also ran Angry Birds and played a video clip.

But what’s more interesting is that using a new module, Project Ara can now test blood oxygen levels of anyone by simply scanning a finger. Do keep in mind that this is still a prototype and we could just imagine what else it could do for us when it becomes a full-functioning, entirely module-based smartphone. Until then, we’d have to wait for their basic “grey” phone expected this coming January.

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As we’ve reported before, owning a working Project Ara phone could only cost you less than $100 or around Php4,400. From then, it’s up to you what different modules you want to put in – a nightvision camera, dual batteries, or three modules of memory. Whatever works for you. For more information on Project Ara, simply hit the link.


 

Here are a few more photos of the Project Ara from Android Central:

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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38 Responses

  1. archie says:

    Is this the final build of Project Ara? If it is then it’s the ugliest phone I’ve ever seen. They should drop the project, they already have Android One and Silver.

    • yonisoka says:

      hahah pangit ba to sa paningin nyo sir? Di nman basihan ung panlabas na anyo sa kayang gawin ng Project Ara.

      Isipin mo nlang na dahil sa module concept nila. Mag kakaroon ka na ng sarili mong transformer.

      Sabagay iba iba pananaw natin. Bili tau ng mahal kc maganda ung itsura nya. Pero after a Year bili ka na nman kc may bago na nman.

      Pag may project ara ka, module nlang papalitan mo, naka tipid ka pa.

      Ngaun sabihin mong pangit ka sir

    • derp says:

      “Do keep in mind that this is still a prototype and we could just imagine what else it could do for us when it becomes a full-functioning, entirely module-based smartphone. ”

      learn to R-E-A-D you fucking dumbass..

      it’s still a PRO-TO-TYPE…. YOU FUCKING SHIT
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prototype

    • itguy says:

      One word-PROTOTYPE

      You have a brain up there and there’s a reason why we have it. Use it.

    • protoman says:

      nasa prototype stage pa din ata brain mo sir.

    • Joestar555 says:

      Prototype yan…
      wag ka naman magsayang ng Neurons kung hindi nagagamit sa tama.
      napaghahalataang poser techy ka.

    • 2 says:

      Ok lang yan archie, yang hawak mong phone ngaun ang pinakapanget na phone na ginawa… you should drop it

    • Joestar555 says:

      Prototype kasi to, walang prototype na maganda sa paningin.
      if techie person ka, hindi ka titingin sa panlabas kundi sa performance at functionality.
      if sa look ka lang concern, mag Iphone ka na lang.
      saka stop acting like a child na nagsasabing “Uwi ka sa nanay mo, doon ka magsumbong at sabihin mong may nanlalait sa iniintay mong phone sa Yugatech.”

    • currymao says:

      you are a total idiot…

    • archie says:

      @2 Anggaling mo naman, nakikita mo ba ang hawak kong phone ngayon? Paano mo nakitang Xperia Z3 ang hawak ko psychic ka?

      @Joestarr Bobo ka wala kang pakialam kung sa aesthetic ako tumingin, ang sabi ko pangit ang panlabas di ko sinabing panget ang features

      At sa inyong mga pikon at nagsasabing stupid ako dahil sinabi kong pangit ang phone sa picture kayo ang mga bobo. Alam ko ang ibig sabihin ng prototype at kung may talino kayo, alam din ninyo na hindi ganun kadaling baguhin ang process between prototype at final product kaya malamang ganyan na talaga ang kalalabasan ng finished product.

      Opinyon ko ang sinasabi ko at kahit anong depensa ang gawin nyo, panget tingnan ang project ara at putang ina nyong lahat kung ayaw ninyo sa opinyon ko ok? Doon kayo tumira sa North Korea dahil ayaw ninyong tumanggap ng opinyon ng iba mga basurero.

    • bumgore says:

      http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iphoneprototype1.jpg

      Para kay Archie. May tinatawag tayong R&D phase sa lahat ng mga device and talagang pangit sila during this phase.

    • archidiot says:

      You must be a special kind of stupid. Why?
      You asked if this is the final build of the phone. OBVIOUSLY IT’S NOT. If in the first place you understood what the word PROTOTYPE meant then you wouldn’t ask that question in the first place. Jeez welcome to the internet dumb-ass.

    • joestar555 says:

      Bobo?
      Project Ara ay sinimulan ng Motorola at Google, pero binenta ng Google ang Motorola sa Lenovo.
      Naiwan sa Google ang Project Ara(pinakinabangan lang ang technology ng Motorola).
      At FYI, La Salle Graduate ako at Maritime Graduate din. Z3 ba kamo? Yan yung binabato lang ng mga Israeli sa bansa nila.
      Saka alam mo ba ang sahod ng basurero sa ibang bansa? $1000 ang minimum kaya hindi nakakahiya ang trabaho na yun. Kaw ba may matino at tapat na trabaho?
      Magyabang ka ng Phone mo kung may knowledge ka sa mga sinasabi mo, sa mga sinasabi mo at pagmumura mo e lumalabas na ikaw ang Bobo at hindi ako. Wala ka man lang proper ways of saying things. May Values ka bang subject nung HS ka pa?
      Ikaw lang kasi ang nagcocomment dito na puro curse word at panlalait, dyan mahahalata na walang breeding ang tao, to think of it na Aesthetic ang habol mo at hindi ang Use ng Gadget.

    • francis says:

      and you have the ugliest face here hahaha.. hindi mo kasi alam kung bakit ganyan ang itsura nyan common sense naman name palang alam mo na dapat xD

    • RaGe says:

      move on people, don’t waste your time for those who doesn’t make reading their habit…

    • Ryan says:

      Si archie kc yung tipo ng tao na bibili ng maganda itsura ng phone. tpos bibili ng full casing para iprotect e2. GENIUS db?

    • Ken says:

      “Is this the final build of Project Ara? If it is then it’s the ugliest phone I’ve ever seen.” – Archie the Great

      Nagbasa ka ba talaga? O tumingin lang ng pictures? Di ko na uulitin na Prototype yan. At di ko na din uulitin na isa kang dakilang TANGA. Puro ka pa palusot tangina ka.

    • wew says:

      @archie
      “alam din ninyo na hindi ganun kadaling baguhin ang process between prototype at final product kaya malamang ganyan na talaga ang kalalabasan ng finished product.”
      Oh talaga? http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03/exclusive-super-early-iphone-prototype-had-5×7-screen-serial-port/
      Oo nga, halos kamukha na nga nito ung first-gen iPhone. Grabe, pahingi naman ng talino mo oh, kinukulang nako eh.

  2. archie says:

    putang ina mo yonisoka dame mo sinabi. Eh panget nmn talaga physically eh..

    • Prototype says:

      ..

    • archie says:

      Hello there fellow archie, Please restrain yourself from saying putang ina. Though I thank you from agreeing with me.

      @itguy Yes I have a brain and it says that it’s fucking ugly. Butthurt ka sa opinyon ko? Uwi ka sa nanay mo, doon ka magsumbong at sabihin mong may nanlalait sa iniintay mong phone sa Yugatech.

    • ProtoTypeMark2 says:

    • bangkalog says:

      phone is not for FASHION! idiot level over 9000. and it is called prototype. welcome to the internet moron =D

    • itguy says:

      @archie (the stupid one)

      You have read the article but failed to COMPREHEND. It’s pity that you don’t fully utilize your brain cells. Geez try reading some books like meriams webster or spend some time browsing wikipedia to widen your vocabulary. Anyway going back to work as I am being paid per hour.

    • archie says:

      @bangkalog

      Bobo. Sinungaling ka kung sasabihin mo na hindi mo gustong magandang tingnan ang phone mo. Opinyon ko lang yun moron at stupid na? Eh putang ina nyong lahat. Para kayong mga batang hamog sa Dota na di lang makasunod sa clash e minumura na ang kakampi. Itigil nyo na yang piso net ninyo, ipangkain nyo na lang yan. Kung makadepensa naman kayo sa project ara as if bibigyan kayo ng regalo ng google mga hampaslupa.

    • shift says:

      just admit that you have failed to comprehend what ‘prototype’ is instead being an ego-inflated laughing stock.

  3. hoping says:

    Yes..Sawakas ang inaabangan kung future phone. Google 4 thumps Up…sana naman may video review na sila nito kahit prototype palang

  4. Easy E says:

    he stikes again. Lol

  5. Easy E says:

    mayrong developer’s conference sa january diba? Kevin forgot to mention. January21 in SG.

  6. Wew says:

    Ang pangeeeeeet! Ewww. iPhone nalang ako, maganda pa! afford na afford itey!!

  7. kwanabooo says:

    astig to pg nbasagan k ng screen bile k lng ng screen module then snap lock in it place by yourself wl n hassle s service center DIY n kc prng PC lng like a boss,dmi bobo nliligaw d2 s yugatech dpat kc mg tpos k muna ng pg aaral archie pr mgklaman yan kokote mo bata .

  8. Hans says:

    astig na kc upgradable phone sya.. bili lang ng magandangcase para maganda tignan :)

  9. AA says:

    I smell non-techie person here. hahaha! Project Ara is a big innovation in the mobile segment and yet, may mga tao pa din na nagsasabing pangit?? hahaha! ikaw na pumalit sa google kasi muka naman mas magaling ka pa sa kanila e.

  10. taydupuy says:

    Ang ganda naisip ko din yan eh kaso wala akong sponsor hahaha, ang maganda pa kung pwede yan maging parang lego , makakagawa ka ng kung anu anu gaya ng laptop,tv,computer,and other gadgets of what you can think of maybe new gadget, and take note opinion ko po to …..

  11. dan says:

    Prototype at final build parehas ba ang meaning niyan ???

    pag final build syempre maganda ang gawa ..huwag pikon

  12. dan says:

    pangit talaga basta prototype..sana gawin iphone ang itsura sa final build para class

  13. KERIBOOMBOOM says:

    tingin ko yung final design nito e yung last picture na may teal/bluish color. although ok naman sya. mukha lang di matibay. well sana magmukhang compact.

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