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Sony Xperia Z3 Rooted, Project Ara Hot Swappable, XDA / LG Developer Challenge! – XDA TV

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has been rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Google’s Project Ara having Hot Swappable parts and be sure the check out the new XDA Portal redesign. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for StatusbarVolume. Then AdamOutler took the Apple challenge. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of Calc+. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Project Ara: Modified Android L and Hot Swapping

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Project Ara is a very exciting topic–both for hardware and software enthusiasts. The modular smartphone idea looks like a mission impossible, but Google is determined to make it a reality pretty soon. Paul Eremenko from Project Ara team has shed some lights on the project’s status and we now know that Ara will have a modified version of Android L on board.

It was pretty easy to predict that Google would select Android as the operating system for Ara. The more interesting part is that users will be able to replace some elements of the device without powering off the phone (i.e. they will be hot swappable). The only exceptions are CPU and display, for obvious reasons. It remains unknown whether t. . . READ ON »

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Google ATAP Details Project Ara in Developers’ Conference

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ara1Earlier today, the Google ATAP team kicked off its first ever Project Ara Developers’ Conference. Although the conference and its first day of talks are still ongoing, we now have a clearer idea of what exactly will go into Project Ara thanks to several presentations by members of the Ara team.

After giving a brief overview of the Ara platform itself, head of the Project Ara team Paul Eremenko delved into the Ara program and a few of the innovations that have been created to allow for a more personalized experience keeping in line with the the Ara philosophy as a whole. At the heart of it all is the first ever 3D printing system that allows for commercial-level volume. Rather than being based on a reciproca. . . READ ON »

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Google Details Project Ara Module Creation and Protocols in MDK v0.10

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Few things have been as exciting in the mobile tech world as the promise of a fully modular smartphone. Project Ara, which was first announced only a few short months ago by Google’s ATAP team, seemed like an unrealistic dream at the time. But over the past few months, that dream has slowly been solidifying into something increasingly concrete thanks to hardware partners and next week’s Project Ara Developer Conference.

Now, Google has released version 0.10 of the Project Ara Module Development Kit (MDK). And inside, Google sheds light on the Ara platform itself and gives examples of reference implementations of various hardware parts.

This first public release of the MDK starts off by pro. . . READ ON »

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Google ATAP to Hold Project Ara Developer Conference in April, Register Now!

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Ever since the former Googorola’s ambitious Project Ara was first announced back in late October, many have been impatiently waiting for modular smartphones to make their way into consumer hands. Since then, we’ve talked a bit about some of the project’s potential pitfalls, as well as the first steps towards making it a reality. We even created a forum for Ara (and MDK Hacking and Development in general) in order to help encourage would-be developers to get started with module development.

When Googorola became Motonovo, many were worried about the future of Project Ara and the ATAP team as a whole. Luckily, we soon learned that ATAP would trade hands into Google’s possession. A. . . READ ON »

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Interview with Motorola CEO Hints that Project Ara is Closer than Expected

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Remember that ambitious modular smartphone platform project that Motorola announced a little over a month ago? Despite the backing from Motorola and now a 3D Printing hardware manufacturing partner, many have written off Project Ara as technically improbable and realistically impossible. Well, perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to downplay this potential game-changer.

According to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Project Ara is very much real. So real, in fact, that Dennis stated in an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee that a working prototype is just around the corner. While not much was revealed about the device will function, he reiterated the goals of the project:

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Motorola Partners with 3D Systems for Project Ara Component Manufacturing

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We first broke the news on Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara a little under a month ago. Not too long afterward, we gave it a special place in our forum. This is a place where potential module developers can talk about the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) and building add-ons for the platform, as well as discuss the viability of Project Ara as a whole. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much about the project since then.

Now, Motorola has taken the first steps in bringing Ara to life by partnering with 3D printing manufacturer 3D Systems. The company’s President and CEO Avi Reichental believes that the technology is particularly suited for the task:

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Forum Added for Project Ara / MDK Hacking and Discussion

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Not too long ago, we covered Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara. The project is centered around the idea that a smartphone can be an open and modular platform, and one that end users can upgrade and repair at will. While there are still almost countless logistical hurdles to overcome, the project and the similar Phonebloks concept by Dave Hakkens both promise many potential benefits if executed properly.

Alongside the project’s unveiling, Motorola also stated plans to release the basic building blocks, the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK), this winter. The MDK is intended at letting developers create modules for the Ara platform. As such, we’ve created a new forum where users ca. . . READ ON »

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Motorola Announces Modular Smartphone Project Ara

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Remember that far-reaching and seemingly unrealistic Phonebloks concept by Dave Hakkens from early last month? The vast majority of us shrugged off the idea as unrealistic.

There are many reasons why one would think an idea such as Phonebloks would never come to fruition. After all, there are quite a few hurdles getting in the way, not the least of which is the fact that given the current model of smartphone production and planned obsoletion, it is not in an OEM’s best interest to produce something that can actually last. As electronics are becoming cheaper and cheaper, they are also becoming increasingly disposable.

Furthermore, smartphones are designed to be small, lightweight, and make efficie. . . READ ON »

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