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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RE[2]: Huh
by bentoo on Tue 29th Oct 2013 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Huh"
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It seems like most phones are moving to a system on chip type setup, which seems like it would eliminate the possibility to upgrade storage RAM or CPU independently. I'm not sure how you would upgrade the storage without disrupting the operating system anyway.

Most SoCs do not have integrated RAM or flash storage so these could be updated provided there was a common bus (that doesn't exist) that worked across vendors.

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