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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Huh
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:18 UTC
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2006-01-08

It's an interesting idea in a "huh, cool if they can do that" way but I'm not sure I need or want (extra connectors = bulkier device) an upgradeable CPU in my phone.

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RE: Huh
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:44 in reply to "Huh"
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2006-07-14

Yeah, there is group of people who understand an appreciate modularity, the ability to tinker, improve, learn and discover new things. And there is group that doesn't want "bulk".

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RE[2]: Huh
by darknexus on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:50 in reply to "RE: Huh"
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2008-07-15

Yeah, there is group of people who understand an appreciate modularity, the ability to tinker, improve, learn and discover new things. And there is group that doesn't want "bulk".

I'll take the bulk not only for the modularity, but so I can also have a device that doesn't feel like it can double as a meat cleaver and won't shatter if I squeeze it. I'm tired of feeling like I need a case just for my device to fit comfortably in my hand.

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RE: Huh
by tkeith on Tue 29th Oct 2013 16:16 in reply to "Huh"
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2010-09-01

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.

This leaves camera battery and screen, which in itself isn't a bad idea. Still the tradeoffs overall size and price, may not be worth it.

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RE[2]: Huh
by bentoo on Tue 29th Oct 2013 17:30 in reply to "RE: Huh"
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2012-09-21

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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