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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones 70

harrymcc writes "Google is releasing more details on Project Ara, its effort — originally spearheaded by Motorola — to reinvent the smartphone in a form made up of hot-swappable modules that consumers can configure as they choose, then upgrade later as new technologies emerge. Google is aiming to release about a year from now."
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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

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  • by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Wednesday February 26, 2014 @10:53PM (#46353863)

    How much do you want to bet they end up like most "upgradeable" PCs -- never touched from day of purchase until they hit the landfill or the recycling company.

    Most of them will. However, my current desktop has gone through a motherboard swap, CPU upgrade, 2 graphics cards swaps, several HDD upgrades, added RAM, PSU swap, and a new case (technically, the only original component is 2 of the current 4 sticks of RAM, the Wifi card, and one of the HDDs).

    Most people probably won't use the modularity much, if at all. But some people will, and those people who do can benefit from it tremendously.

  • Re:A bit ugly, (Score:1, Informative)

    by stephenmac7 ( 2700151 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @12:06AM (#46354245)
    Just because you don't like his signature doesn't mean his comment is bad. For the record, I like his signature.
  • Uh huh. (Score:4, Informative)

    by DirePickle ( 796986 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @02:04AM (#46354729)
    Yes, Google, that has done everything it can to kill the microSD slot, physical keyboard, and removable battery now wants to swing back towards upgradable phones. Whatever.
  • by ifiwereasculptor ( 1870574 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @08:51AM (#46356011)

    To be fair, a PC from 2009, like an Athlon II, can be indistinguishable from a 2014 Core i3 when you're running, say, Windows, Office and Firefox. By comparison, an ARM processor from 2009, like the one in an iPhone 3GS or Motorola Milestone, is frustratingly slow even to browse simple websites. Pit against a Nexus 5 to have an idea of how much faster the pace of phone processing power is happening at than tradicional x86 right now.

    Also, I'm pretty satisfied with my Nexus 4, except for heat and battery life. If I could exchange its processor for a quad-core cortex A7 like the one inside a Moto G (the damn thing lasts over 5 days with light use), I'd be happy to do so.

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