Google Hangs Up On Project Ara, Says Reuters
Google has halted efforts to develop its modular smartphone, dubbed Project Ara, according to sources cited by Reuters. Project Ara has been under development for years, but ran into trouble along the way. For example, Google was forced to rethink the magnets that held the modules in place. The original idea was to create a phone that would allow owners to swap modules any time, adding a camera or extra battery. Google may yet license Project Ara to its hardware partners, but has ceased work on the project in house. Google did not comment on Reuters' story.
Dec 4, 2019
Qualcomm this week launched the "Snapdragon 865 and 765 Modular Platforms", which are pre-engineered and pre-certified circuit boards that include most of the critical components for a high-end 5G phone (or equivalent cellular device.) As phones have become more sophisticated and refined, the costs of developing a competitive high-end phone have become prohibitive for all but the largest companies. This new program from Qualcomm aims to level that playing field for smaller companies.
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Jul 23, 2018
Qualcomm today announced new antennas that will bring mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G to mobile devices such as smartphones. The QTM052 mmWave module and QPM5xx sub-6 GHz RF module are compact enough that they are suitable for phones.
Sep 4, 2019
Today, adidas and Zound Industries announced the launch of the first two headphones in a new adidas Sport lineup. The wireless Bluetooth headphones include one in-ear model and one over-ear model: FWD-01: These in-ear buds offer USB-C charging, along with 16 hours of playtime, IPX4 rating against sweat, knitted cord, and magnets for easy round-the-neck storage.