Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:10 UTC

Led by Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a 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.


The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter - or something not yet thought of!

This could be the biggest innovation in smartphones since, well, the first smartphones appeared on the market. I am incredibly excited about this.

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by sb56637 on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:20 UTC
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I like this idea a lot. Interesting that they apparently had the same idea as the creator of PhoneBloks, which also intrigued me.

Hopefully this will reverse the current trend of closed "black box" phones with non-removable batteries and no expandable storage. Oh, and while you're at it Google/Motorola, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE offer a QWERTY keyboard for this thing, and I'll be your first buyer.

Edited 2013-10-29 15:22 UTC

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