Modular phones are becoming a thing. Or so LG hopes. One of the most popular modular phones of later has been Project Ara, Google’s modular device that will have a Lego-like structure of swapping out components that are sold out of lunch wagons. I’m not even making this up. This is an interesting concept since it adds two things to your phone which cannot normally be added – longevity and ease of repair. LG’s modular design adds a new dimension to the equation – expandability. But the question is, are those things that the modern smartphone needs? Or is the [...]
Hey! It’s Project Ara! We still remember that ambitious group of people who wanted to build a modular smartphone for the masses, right? Well, they’ve been a bit socially silent since Google I/O 2015. Furthermore, their schedule’s been all out of wack: Ara was supposed to have made its way to Puerto Rico around the time of now. Not to worry, though, as someone from Project Ara has taken to Twitter to update us on what’s coming up.
First, a “hello” out of nowhere after spending a lot of time “making stuff.”
Furniture. Cafeteria food. Swiss army knives. All of these, when done well, can be a success when made modular. Well, we’re watching two companies as they try to make pieces of the smartphone: Dutch outfit Fairphone and Google-managed development effort, Project Ara.
Fairphone has already released a first iteration of its device with the Fairphone 2 on the way. Ara’s still in the larva stage with test markets only staring to get first-wave parts. But each group’s ideas of which pieces should be in the modular smartphone puzzle can get pretty far [...]