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Video: Here’s the first Google Ara smartphone hands-on demo

04
Mar
2014

Google’s Paul Eremenko at a LAUNCH event last week performed a first hands-on demo of a Google Ara smartphone that revealed some of the interesting things about Google’s ATAP project. During a 25-minute presentation, Eremenko explained the reason Google is investing resources into Project Ara while showing off two prototypes. Unfortunately neither model was functional. As previous reports suggested, the Ara is Google’s way of replacing feature phones and cheap smartphones that could be aesthetically pleasing, but also functionally superior to similarly priced alternatives. However, Google doesn’t necessarily want to drive down the price of high-end smartphones with the help of Ara. Instead, Ara phones could help the company connect the other 5 billion people in the world who don’t have Internet access, a goal Google and Motorola execs

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