You might be familiar with the concept of modular phones since we told you about this neat concept called Phonebloks a little over a month ago, and we made the editorial case for extreme phone customization. Apparently, Motorola was also paying attention to this concept as the phone-maker is talking about this, calling it its Project Ara.
The principle is rather simple: there’s an endo(skeleton), which is the main piece of the phone holding all the parts in place, and the modules. Modules can be anything, really, from an application processor to a keyboard, display, battery, storage, etc. Think of it as pieces of a puzzle where you build your phone to suit your specific hardware needs.
Motorola’s been working on this project for a year, according to their blog post, and are planning on engaging the community built by Phonebloks. In Motorola’s own words, “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”.
For more information on the project, as well as Project Ara research scouts, in addition to the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) — coming this winter — make sure to check out the source link below. You can also read more about extreme phone customization here.