Motorola plans ‘build your own phone’ platform

30/10/2013

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:


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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."

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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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