Motorola Project Ara announced, will let users customise their smartphones

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Building your own PC is passé, you’ll soon be able to build your own smartphone, thanks to Motorola’s efforts.
The Google-owned company has announced Project Ara, its new free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
“We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines,” said  Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara Team, in a blog post.
While Motorola already allows users to customise some external design elements of its Moto X phones, the new project will allow users to select the look as well as internals of their own phone, and even change it when they get bored.
“Our goal is to drive a more thoughtful, expressive, and open relationship between users, developers, and their phones. To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it,” said the post.
The Project Ara design scheme comprises of what the company calls an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place, while a module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter or some other customisable hardware unit.
Motorola is working with Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks, a smartphone concept that envisioned changeable hardware components, for the project. 
Motorola plans has planned an alpha release of the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) for winter and says that it will also send an invitation to developers to start creating modules for the Ara platform.  

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Google-owned Motorola is expected to launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013.

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Taylor Wimberly, former editor for Android and Me has posted onGoogle Plus that Motorola will launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013. There is no other information available about the upcoming smartphone in terms of the specifications or launch date.

Google acquired Motorola in 2011 and since then speculations have been circulating the Internet about the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Recently, Motorola launched the Moto X smartphone. The device has been well received and offers users a large array of customization options. Could it be that Motorola and Google were testing waters with the Moto X before unleashing the fifth gen Nexus smartphone?

In the past, Google has launched a new version of the Android OS with every new Nexus device (tablet or smartphone). The Galaxy Nexus showed off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. The first generation Nexus 7 was launched at Google I/O 2012 and brought with it Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Towards the end of 2012, we saw the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 HSPA+ that brought with it Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In November 2012 the Nexus 10 was launched and Ran on Android 4.2. Last we saw the launch of the second generation Nexus 7 that brought with it Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Rumour mills suggest that the next generation Nexus 10 tablet is in the works and will be made by Samsung, just as they did with the original Nexus 10. The tablet is expected to be unveiled in October alongside the new Nexus smartphone.

Source: GSM Arena

Moto X phone to be unveiled on August 1 in NYC

Motorola has sent out invites to the press for the launch event of the Moto X phone. The smartphone will be unveiled in New York City.

Moto X phone to be unveiled on August 1 in NYC

Moto X phone to be unveiled on August 1 in NYC

The Motorola X phone, or the Moto X, is like that piece of chocolate that’s just out of your reach, but not for long. Motorola has sent out press invites for the launch of the Moto X smartphone. The device will be unveiled on August 1 to the public. The event will take place from 8pm to 1am EST. The invite sent out to the press shows off the back of a white Moto X phone along with what appears to be a party!!

It looks like the entertainment at the launch event will be taken care off by DJ Kaskade, M4SONIC, Thank You X, Chef Marc Forgione, SOL REPUBLIC, and the comedy team JASH.

One interesting thing to take notice off is that there is a white Moto X phone in the top left corner of the invite looks like the same smartphone Google’s Eric Schmidt was seen using some time ago.

As it has become a trend with smartphones these days, we have seen quite a few leaks about the Motorola X smartphone in the past. In terms of its specifications, the Moto X phone is expected to have a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 720×1184 pixels. There’s a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera for HD quality video conferencing and a 10.5 megapixel camera on the back for capturing photos worth keeping. There’s on-board Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and to power it all, a dual-core version of the Snapdragon S4 Pro (the Qualcomm MSM8960T chipset seen in the Sony Xperia SP) clocked at 1.7GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. 16GB of built-in storage will reportedly also be available.

There was also an advertisement posted by Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless that showcases features of the smartphone. Some of the new features of the smartphone showcased in the video are as follows. The smartphone will have an always-on microphone so you can talk to your phone whenever you like without touching it and it will respond to you.

Rather than an LED light blinking in different colours to showcase notifications, as it does on the Nexus, the Moto X phone will showcase the notifications with the clock on the display so you know exactly what type of notification it is. You can also launch the camera by simply twisting your wrist twice.

First there was the physical shutter button that was removed from smartphones and now the onscreen button too is living its last days. On the Moto X phone, you can click a picture by simply tapping on the display. If you want to take multiple consecutive shots, you can do so by long pressing on the display. No onscreen shutter button.

Source: SlashGear

Google’s Eric Schmidt spotted with Moto X Android smartphone

Google‘s Executive Chairman didn’t really try to hide the device as it was shot by journalists at an investment meeting in the U.S.

Google's Eric Schmidt spotted with Moto X Android smartphone

Well, it looks like Google doesn’t really care about keeping the Moto X smartphone a secret anymore. Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, was spotted at the Allen & Co. annual conference in Sun Valley in the U.S., using the Moto X and he didn’t really seem to care who saw it. The Moto X being used by Schmidt had a white back and seems to confirm previous rumours about the phone sporting a large screen.

Another leaked image of the Moto X has also been posted by GSM Arena that shows a variant of the phone with a black matte back, a camera that’s located at the center at the top of the phone with an LED flash placed immediately below it. The Moto X is also supposed to run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The camera is supposed to be 10MP which has yet to be verified.

Earlier in the day, we had also done a story on a Moto X advertisment that had leaked online. The advertisement was made by Rogers Telecom of Canada, which proves that the Moto X is very close to launch in at least the U.S. and Canada. There’s no word yet about an India launch date.

Source: GSM Arena