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I am a tech savvy and a self-proclaimed Apple fan boy (I have an HP laptop with an Apple sticker on the cover!😁 Hahaha.) The latest iPhone made me drool but let’s face it, the price is way expensive especially for a fresh grad like me heck, I doubt a regular salaryman would find it cheap.😑

As I surf youtube for a hands-on review of the new Apple phone, I came across this video introducing a concept of a new phone, Phonebloks. I may say the idea is really good but I’m skeptic that the mainstream phone companies would like to “share profit” and cut out competition.

I’ll be blogging more info about Phonebloks later

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Google’s Project Ara smartphone will begin pilot testing in Puerto Rico in 2015

Remember that Phonebloks thing we were all pumped for in the fall of 2013?  The designer behind it worked with Motorola (later Google) to make that concept a reality: Google’s Project Ara.

An Update on Blocks

By: Hakeem Javaid, Blocks

BLOCKS, the modular smartwatch, showcased alongside Intel at this year’s CES event, the biggest tech show in the world! I cannot express the many gasps of realisation we heard as tech enthusiasts grasped the awesome possibilities of modular technology. Oh, and the big companies that came by? Well, let’s just say there are some big names in the tech world interested in building BLOCKS…WOOP!

However, the best meeting we had actually took place the following week at the world-famous Googleplex; Google’s HQ in California. We sat down with Paul & Anil from the Project Ara team, excited to talk modularity! It was awesome meeting the team building the modular smartphone. What really got me was Paul’s interest at possible cross-compatibility of modules between their modular phone and our modular watch! This is definitely something we’re going to be looking into…these two devices would make a perfect match. As soon as Anil passed me the Ara prototype, I just had to take a photo of it alongside the BLOCKS prototype!

Currently, our team is putting a lot work behind the connectors between the BLOCKS, focussing on making it stronger, waterproof, and a lot more durable. We’re still aiming for a Kickstarter to take place in June/July this year, and there’ll likely be some collaboration between BLOCKS and Project Ara going forward, so keep an eye on updates from our awesome supporting partner, Phonebloks!

Flippypad for Project Ara

Have you heard about Project Ara? Basically, it’s a phone with hot swappable components that’s being developed right now by Google. The Verge has a pretty good article about it if you want to know more. What’s interesting about this project is that besides the cpu, camera, and battery, manufacturers can create any number of weird specialty components that can be fitted into the device.

And so, I give you Flippypad! A hinged controller that turns the phone into a neat little clamshell gaming device. It has an L and R button, a D'Pad, two flat joysticks (similar to the one found on the 3DS) and the familiar ABXY diamond. It’s probably large enough to house a good amount of extra battery too.

If you want to see something like this get made, please share it with folks! If I can get the word out, maybe it’ll find it’s way to the right people, and I can start developing it for real.

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You should Watch This!!!

Modular Phones Market is Estimated to Reach $80 Billion Per Year by 2018

By Alex Ray - ModularPhonesForum.com

Google’s vision of inexpensive smartphones made up of a set of modules is getting closer to reality. The company will start selling its first modular phone in Puerto Rico later this year. Recently Google held a conference, where developers were given technical instructions and specifications for creating modules. Furthermore, they even revealed the module design and packaging concepts. The details spread very fast, making modular concept popular on social media and development platforms. So, it’s the right time to begin forecasting the popularity and sales of such devices in the coming years.

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Have you heard of Phoneblok? 

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Brilliant idea worth sharing; phones made to support a waste reducing system and designed to fight planned obsolescence!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDAw7vW7H0c

This is AMAZING!

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A lego phone which is right to suite me. 

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VIA Phonebloks.com:

Phonebloks is made of a user chosen amount of detachable ‘bloks’. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks or has become out of date, you just can easily replace it!

Now, i’m not sure why this hasn’t been a thing on Tumblr yet, because this is REALLY cool and could really do some good for the environment by cutting down on electronic waste! A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete, and because of this there’s A LOT of electronic waste going on. This could be a part of the solution :)

 

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Phonebloks?
Yes! Please!

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Even if everyone on Youtube is some sort of mechanical/electrical engineering genius and seems to think this will never work, I think that this idea is one that should be shared and spread around! With the right minds, I think it could be within our grasp! 

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Video: Project Ara Update

A lot of you have asked us about information on Googles Project Ara, so we made a video!

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VIDEO: PROJECT ARA UPDATE

By Dave Hakkens, Phonebloks

We went to NK Labs in Boston to see the progress of the Ara prototype. Here is an update video to show you how it looks. Enjoy!

What happens with our broken phones?

By Klara Friman

Have you ever wondered what happens with old mobile phones that you throw away? The one you had before the one you have now, and the one before that? The mobile phone industry produces new models at an increasing pace, so there’s a high probability that you’ve gotten rid of a phone in the last year.

Phonebloks are trying to prevent these phones from being thrown away for (almost) no reason.

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PROJECT ARA NEWS

by Giulio Minotti

Paul Eremenko recently announced interesting news on Project Ara. The most significant concerns its market launch in early 2015. The first fully functional prototype will be shown at the second Ara developer conference, in December. The project’s development continues apace through the collaboration with many partners such as Quanta, Toshiba, Rockchip, Foxconn and others.

Many companies, large and small, as Laird Technologies and Array labs are developing modules with innovative features never seen before. 

Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable. This means you can change them without turning the phone off. The modules will be available on a new online store, like Play store.

The next few months will be crucial for Google and its partners, we expect a lot of news about Project Ara, new modules and new partnerships.