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: About $!*%ing time!
by Delgarde on Wed 30th Oct 2013 03:08 UTC in reply to "About $!*%ing time!"
Delgarde
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I LOVE this idea! What the smartphone and tblet market need is a modular platform, much like the ATX PC became.


Of course, only a small fraction of the PC-using population actually use that modularity. Most just buy a PC from Dell (etc), use it until it breaks, then buy a new one. You or I might value the ability to open up the box and put in some more memory or another disk, but most people wouldn't even notice if the case was welded shut...

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