The Project Ara team shows us early prototypes and 3 different endo sizes [VIDEO]

Project Ara prototype behind the scenes

It’s been awhile since we heard from the Project Ara folks, that wacky team at Google looking to build the world’s first modular smartphone. In case you guys thought Project Ara might be nothing more than vaporware, it seems development is coming along nicely according to this behind the scenes featurette uploaded to the Phonebloks YouTube channel today.

Project Ara endo sizes

In the video, we not only get a sneak peek at Project Ara’s progress, but a quick but a look at several  prototypes, and endo sizes (mini, medium, and large). We’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us feel all giddy inside. Check it out for yourself below. Our request? A physical keyboard module ala the T-Mobile G1.

Continue reading:

TAGS: ,



  • slide83

    What tablet is that in the background at 2:19? Nexus 8/9?

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Based on the honkin’ huge bezel, looks like a Nexus 7.

      • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

        BEZELIST!

        • MaqueGenio

          I have to say after a year or so since i started visting Android websites this is the thing that strikes me the most. People just can not help themselves from making some ridiculous bezel related comments. This is a very Android peculiar kind of thing. You can look everywhere else but will never find other group of Techtards so obsessed with bezels as in here.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Other than the black bezel on the new HTC One, normally they don’t bother me. But the ones on the newest N7 are like 9 miles long :P

          • CodyTaylor

            Only when they make no sense

          • Henri Weich Conradie

            The bezel with the logo on the HTC One is more than worthy of loathing. No questions.

  • Android freak

    7 in

  • Guest

    Does anyone have an idea why the embedded video shows up as a white box on my computer? (With Chrome, but not Firefox)

    • RussianDroid

      Probably web filtering if you are at work or some ad-blocker addon on the browser.

      • SantaClausless

        That, or you need Flash delivered by Santa!

  • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

    Ara configuration app: dat menu button. ugh.

    • j7981

      Lol I didn’t notice that but it’s driving me CRAZY now!

  • j7981

    I’m really excited about Project Ara. It’s great that its development is making so much progress instead of stagnating and making all of us Android nerds sad. :)

  • StargateNH

    Electro-permanent magnets? What the hell!? Thats so cool!

    • American Patriot

      High Gauss permanent magnets can interfere with the internal clocks and VCOs of the transceiver modules. And elctro-magnets are not possible due to power demands. I believe locking pins and/or slide locks are the only viable solutions here.

  • O’s Fan91

    Is that the “New Nexus 10″ around the 2:35 mark???

  • hemipw54

    Why not just use a snap ring that would snap around the phone and retain the pieces? Snap the ring off and replace after adding or changing modules. Ring could be as simple as a preformed rubber band like or a stainless steel ring. K.I.S.S.

  • Daniel

    On a similar note to the keyboard module, I’d love to see a game pad module, ala Xperia Play! Or just an Xperia Play 2…

  • Chris H

    Project Ara!!!! Love it.

  • Max

    Going off chris’ request lets hope google held on to the rights to put a moto droid 4 keyboard module on it, individual keyboard keys are the only good part of that phone. Another option on 6inch or larger devices could be full size usb port. My biggest worry is in an effort to keep it slim like all manufacturers they’ll limit the modules thickness preventing my dream phone.