Motorola’s Project Ara Announced: Modular Smartphones Are Coming

Motorolas Project Ara Announced: Modular Smartphones Are ComingModular smartphones are an interesting idea and earlier in September the Phonebloks concept was revealed. Well it looks like that concept will soon become a reality as Motorola has recently announced Project Ara, an open-source initiative that will support third-party hardware development for individual phone components, ultimately allowing users to mix and match the perfect smartphone for themselves. Motorola will be working with Phonebloks and will be engaging with the Phonebloks community to help make their idea a reality by combining their ideas together with Motorola’s technical expertise.

For those unfamiliar with Phonebloks, the idea behind it is to create a modular smartphone where certain components can be switched out and upgraded individually without having to buy an entirely new phone. The device will consist of a basic structure and the modules can range from cameras, to displays, to keyboards, to batteries, or the more unusual such as a pulse oximeter, according to Motorola. Motorola will soon start to reach out to developers to start creating Ara modules with a developer’s alpha kit to be released this winter. Interested developers can head on over to Motorola’s website to sign up to be an Ara Scout. Sounds like exciting times are ahead of us!

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    New Motorola “Windy Day” Video Teases AR Game

    Motorola has rolled out a brand new video that has been called “Windy Day”, and for good reason, too. This particular video will tease us curious viewers about a brand new augmented reality game which will be arriving on the Moto X smartphone later at the end of this month – on October 29th, to be exact. It must be noted, however, that the entire video lasts for slightly more than a minute, but in there, the real “meat” of the content happens to last for approximately that of a Vine clip.

    The first minute or so of the video happens to be literally folks from all walks of life holding on to Moto X phones, where they then turned around in circles or looked through the phone’s display, with smiles on their faces. Assuming your attention span managed to hold out until the end of the video, the last few seconds seem to depict a cartoon more than an augmented reality. The reason behind that could be because the game was developed with the assistance of a certain Jan Pinkava, the person who wrote and directed the Pixar short Geri’s Game, in addition to co-directing Ratatouille. What do you think of the video?

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    Moto G Could Be The Official Name Of the Motorola DVX

    Moto G Could Be The Official Name Of the Motorola DVXThe other day Motorola trademarked the name “Moto G”, leaving us to wonder if perhaps the name could be referring to a new handset. Well wonder no more because according to the rumors, it seems that the Moto G name is actually the official name of the Motorola DVX, which for those unfamiliar has been tipped off to be the lower-end version of the Moto X handset which was released a couple of months ago, although given that the Moto X is hardly the most powerful handset we can only imagine how low-specced the Moto G will be. However given that the Moto G has been pegged for emerging markets, we guess price is more of a priority rather than hardware specs, so perhaps the handset could go on and sell pretty well.

    According to the rumored specs, the Moto G will feature a 4.5” LCD display and will be powered by Motorola’s very own X8 Computer System. It will also sport dual SIM capabilities, a feature which seems to be rather common in phones targeted at emerging markets, and is also expected to see a rather affordable price tag of $200-$250 off-contract. The official specs have yet to be released so take it with a grain of salt for now, but with the Moto G purportedly scheduled for a launch by the end of the year, we guess we won’t have to wait too long to find out all the official details.

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    Moto G Trademark Belongs To Motorola

    Moto G Trademark Belongs To MotorolaThere is a Malay proverb that goes something like this (when loosely translated), when two elephants get into a tussle, the deer dies in the middle. Well, Both Nokia and Apple have made their fair share of announcements earlier today with their respective devices announced, Motorola, too, has some stuff that you might want to check out. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a new trademark to Motorola, ensuring that the Google-owned company is now the owner of “Moto G”.

    Needless to say, that is all that we know about the Moto G at the moment – the name. It remains to be seen just what this particular device would end up as, but considering how the Moto X has already arrived for some time already, chances are there that this trademark too, will have an association with the world of mobile devices. There were some whispers earlier on that pointed out the Moto G could function as a smartphone or as an accessory. What do you think? Could the “G” suffix actually be a thinly veiled attempt at pointing it to Google, who happens to own Motorola? Could this be a Google Edition of an upcoming device?

    Only time will be able to tell, so rest assured that as and when news on the Moto G breaks, we will be there to cover it.

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    Verizon Slashes Prices Of All New Droid Smartphones

    Verizon Slashes Prices Of All New Droid Smartphones

    Earlier this year, in August to be precise, Verizon launched its all new Droid lineup. The smartphones are actually made by Motorola, but they’re exclusive to the Big Red. Three models were announced, the Droid Mini, Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra. Two months down the line, Verizon has decided to slash prices of all of the three models. Its intriguing to see Verizon take this step within just two months of the smartphones being launched, the carrier has offered no explanation as to why its slashing the prices.

    Verizon Droid Maxx was originally priced at $299 with a two year contract. This particular smartphone has a 3,500mAh battery, which makes it a viable choice for those who value battery life above all else. The Maxx is now down to $199, with a two year contract on Verizon. Droid Ultra is a thin and light device, which is now down to just $99.99 on contract from its previous price of $199.99. Last but not the least, the Droid Mini sees a price cut from $99 to $49. This would probably be a good time to make a purchase if you’ve been holding out on purchasing a new Droid. Verizon has given no indication if the price cuts are a limited time promotion.

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