At the weekend, I wrote a few hundred words about the Phonebloks concept, the idea being that future phones could be comprised of a base unit with lots of customisable blocks for your components (processor, camera, etc) on the rear.
Turns out Motorola has been working on something similar for over a year. It’s called Project Ara, and the US manufacturer has dished lots of delicious detail on its blog.
Project Ara is described as a “free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software.”
Ultimately, Motorola wants you to have “the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it.”
If smartphone cameras aren’t your thing, you might invest in a cheap, smallish 5MP component, leaving more room and cash for – say – your battery. Likewise, you might figure a dual-core processor is more than enough for your needs, and to hell with that ultra-expensive octo-core chip.
Motorola acknowledges the work done by Dave Hakkens of Phonebloks, and indeed they’ll work together to promote modular goodness. The Google-owned manufacturer says while it’s been doing the technical stuff, Dave has created a community, with the success of the project requiring both.
Team Moto anticipates an alpha release of the MDK (Module Developer’s Kit) this winter, with more info coming soon.
via: Motorola Blog