Google's Project Ara to Debut in Puerto Rico Later this Year
Google today provided an update concerning its Project Ara modular smartphone. The company is moving ahead slowly, though it plans to launch a trial version of the phone during the second half of the year. The test device will only be available in Puerto Rico through the OpenMobile and Claro carriers. People who buy the phone will have access to the Ara Marketplace and Ara Configurator apps, along with 20 to 30 modules for customizing their handsets. Google said it needs to fully test what it's doing right and what it's doing wrong with the platform before it considers a wider launch. Project Ara head Paul Eremenko said is working hard to make sure the modules are robust and hot-swappable with its Spiral 2 platform. Once Spiral 2 is on solid ground, it will push forward with Spiral 3 and improve modules with more advanced capabilities. Only after Spiral 3 is tested will Project Ara be ready for a full market pilot. Google updated the Project Ara developer tools last months.
Google's Project Ara Launch On Target for This Year
Google today said its modular phone, called Project Ara, will reach developers during the fourth quarter of this year. The company delayed the project last summer after running into trouble with the modules.
US Cellular Coverage Reaches Google's Project Fi
Google has updated its Project Fi app in order to take advantage of cellular coverage offered by U.S. Cellular.
Project Ara Plagued By Faulty Electropermanent Magnets
The team managing Google's Project Ara has provided a possible reason behind the project's delayed arrival. "No more electropermanent magnets," said the team via its official Twitter account, followed by the hashtag #FailedTheDropTest.
Google's Project Fi Gains Family Discounts
Google today made it less costly for users of its Project Fi wireless service to add multiple lines to their accounts. The first line still carries a $20 access charge, with data costing a flat $10 per GB.