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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Modular radio
by emarkp on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:56 UTC
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I'd go for such a platform if it just were a modular radio package. One for each carrier. Then an unlocked phone would truly be unlocked.

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RE: Modular radio
by Carewolf on Tue 29th Oct 2013 21:54 in reply to "Modular radio"
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You mean like replacing a SIM card in a non-US phone?

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RE[2]: Modular radio
by Morgan on Tue 29th Oct 2013 22:33 in reply to "RE: Modular radio"
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I think he means the ability to use the same phone but switch between CDMA and GSM carriers, which is lower level than just switching SIM cards between GSM carriers.

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RE: Modular radio
by zima on Tue 5th Nov 2013 16:35 in reply to "Modular radio"
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Then an unlocked phone would truly be unlocked.

In 95% of the world it already is.

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