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Crazy phones you can build with Google's Project Ara

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Google is starting to show developers what they need to do to create swappable parts for its upcoming modular smartphones, currently called Project Ara. On Ara's website, it's just posted the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started creating modular parts. "Ara?s success is predicated on a rich, vibrant, and diverse ecosystem of modules from a myriad of developers," one document in the kit reads.

 

Ara phones begin as no more than a skeleton, before owners plug in everything from a display and processor to a camera and Wi-Fi unit in order to complete them. Google wants many of those modules ? including some unorthodox ones ? to come from third-party developers. Google previously announced that it would begin working with developers later this month at a virtual conference that begins next week. Now, eager developers will actually be able to take a look beforehand to get a head start going in.

 

The crux of the guide is a large document that breaks down what Ara phones will look like and how modules can fit in. As previously detailed, the guide explains the three sizes of phone skeletons that Ara will allow for: mini, medium, and large. Larger phones accompany more modules, though it appears that the exact number of modules could change between individual models based on how what Google calls their "ribs" and "spine" ? the bars that divide up its modules ? are laid out. For now, only Google can make phone skeletons too, so third parties can't release their own.

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5598622/project-ara-module-development-kit-explains-how-to-make-parts

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Where is my physical QWERTY keyboard?

If they do a Q&A, I hope not to miss it so I can ask this question.

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I'd love to see a miniature gamepad (something like the classic Gameboy's) as an addon.

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Where is my physical QWERTY keyboard?

If they do a Q&A, I hope not to miss it so I can ask this question.

Figures f and l are physical keyboards.

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Ara is interesting but I don't think the average user is going to want a phone with modules. The kinds of people who build their own PCs and tinker with stuff might find this idea attractive but we are well and truly in a minority.

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Ara is interesting but I don't think the average user is going to want a phone with modules. The kinds of people who build their own PCs and tinker with stuff might find this idea attractive but we are well and truly in a minority.

 

this is more a concept then anything; i've learned that people want simple stuff, ready to consume. They even prefer to pay more if its faster available then wait for bargains or buy stuff in pieces from different vendors (so it can be more cheaper). It's sad but true, PC as modules is getting behind and this new idea wont get traction. :(

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Figures f and l are physical keyboards.

Correct. I apologize. I was thinking of a slide-out both those will do perfectly :)

If not, this (future release :( ) would be perfect:

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