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

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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: Comment by shmerl
by Alfman on Tue 29th Oct 2013 18:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

shmerl,

Making the hardware open is a neat idea, however to be honest I'm more interested in having a fully open software stack. I think artificial software restrictions have done more to discourage independent innovation than the lack of hardware configurations.

I expect the modular hardware would be limited to a niche market, but as long as it runs a fully open software stack, then I'm not complaining.

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