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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RE[3]: Modular radio
by arpan on Wed 30th Oct 2013 18:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Modular radio"
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There are already phones that can do that. See:

Lenono a600e - dual sim CDMA + GSM:

You don't even need to switch between them, you can connect to both networks at the same time. And yes, even CDMA phones can use SIM cards.

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RE[4]: Modular radio
by Morgan on Wed 30th Oct 2013 18:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Modular radio"
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And yes, even CDMA phones can use SIM cards.

I'm well aware of that, having owned a Sprint iPhone 4S until recently. My post was more of a clarification of what the GP said.

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