Motorola plans ‘build your own phone’ platform


Google’s Motorola has teamed up the firm behind the 'lego phone' to offer a modular smartphone that lets the user choose the components that matter most to them.

Watch the Phonebloks promo video here:


The new project, which has already been running for a year, sees Motorola partner Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and his concept Phonebloks, which is a vision of a customisable smartphone that can be built like lego.

The new Motorala ‘Project Ara’ is now developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.

In a blog post, Paul Eremenko of the Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, said: "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 project will consist of what Motorola is calling an endoskeleton, the frame that will hold 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," the firm said.

Read the Motorola blog here

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