Google is not the one one making a modular smartphone
It seems to be like Google’s modular Venture Ara smartphone has some recent competitors. Round Units has been engaged on the Puzzlephone, an easier tackle Android telephones you could improve your self. As an alternative of letting you substitute issues piece-by-piece, it divides elements into “the Mind” (core electronics and digital camera), “the Coronary heart” (battery and secondary tech) and “the Backbone” (LCD, audio system and primary form). It isn’t as versatile as Ara, however it guarantees a sleeker design that also consists of actual futureproofing; you’ll be able to swap in a brand new module if you need a quicker processor, a recent battery or new options. The objective is to have a base telephone that may final for 10 years, quite than two or three.
You will not have to attend too lengthy to offer the Puzzlephone a attempt… if every part goes in line with plan. Round Units is close to the prototype stage and hopes to have a delivery product within the second half of 2015, however a completed launch is contingent on further funding. It additionally faces an uphill battle when Undertaking Ara has the complete help of each Google and hardware companions. Nonetheless, it is good to know that that an alternative choice to Ara exists — you hopefully will not need to accept a single strategy to modular cellular computing.