Project Ara might just be the next big thing from Google

There’s so much to be excited about in the tech industry as of recently, from 64-bit processing coming by early next year to a smartphone near you (unless you already own an iPhone 5s, that is), wearable tech like smartwatches, virtual reality like the Oculus Rift… etc.

But there’s one thing that I’m particularly excited about: Project Ara. It was an initiative by Motorola Mobility, which was bought recently from Google by Lenovo. After the purchase, however, Google retained the team working on Project Ara and they’re now working as part of the Android division. The idea behind Project Ara is to allow the end user to build a fully modular smartphone, but what does that really mean?

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Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn. Facebook buys WhatsApp for $16bn. Microsoft buys Nokia for $7bn.

The first two are companies that offer software based services, the latter is an original equipment manufacturer with a long history full of innovations that helped push the mobile industry to what it is now. Not to mention the thousands of workers and numerous manufacturing facilities in several countries.

Something is terribly wrong here!

iOS vs Android: Which is Better for You

Well, let’s face it, smartphones play a pretty important role in our daily lives. Picking a phone isn’t as easy of a choice as it used to be back when all a phone could do was… you know, making phone calls. And have a cool polyphonic ringtone, of course. Ah, the good old days!

But yeah, smartphones. Particularly iOS and Android smartphones. Sure there are other lesser known, but not -by any means- lesser performing platforms, but these are the ones with most users around the world. And for good reason. I’ll be going through the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, the general user experience, and the bonuses you get with each operating system.

iOS:

Why It’s Good:

  • Ease of Use: iPhones were, since they first debuted in 2007, always known for their easy to navigate and understand user interface. Sure, what’s easier to handle than a 4x4 (4x5, post iOS 6) grid of App icons, with not much digging to do.

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Why the iPad Pro is Not Going to Happen

Some rumors were flying around the interwebz lately about a so-called iPad Pro. Now that would totally make sense, since Apple now have an iPad Air and an iPad mini; following the naming scheme that the company uses for its line of Macs would only be logical. Mac mini, iPad mini. MacBook Air, iPad Air. MacBook Pro, iPad Pro? Highly unlikely. Read on to know why I don’t think so…

Flashback to 2010. Steve Jobs bashed the 7-inch tablet form factor, calling it Dead on arrival. Sure, there wasn’t much of the form factor around then, other than the original Galaxy Tab by Samsung. But everything changed in early 2012 when Google introduced the Nexus 7, insanely priced at $200. A couple of months later, Apple releases the iPad mini, with a slightly bigger 7.9-inch display, and an unreasonable (compared to the Nexus 7) $330 price tag.

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