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 Darkmage on Wed 30th Oct 2013 04:56 UTC
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Gee a modular phone.... yawn. The only thing Motorola make that was interesting was the Atrix, and they completely stuffed the concept up. A computer phone is still a dream not reality. Needs 2-4gb of ram to become a reality, 1 gb of ram let me open 3 firefox tabs and then firefox crashed on my lapdock! I don't want a phone that comes apart because it means it'll probably come apart in my pocket or when I'm trying to use it. It's just a damn shame that Motorola rather than fixing their broken but awesome computer phone concept, are planning to rush another bad idea to market.

Edited 2013-10-30 04:58 UTC

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