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Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices |

Modular Smartphones in Market

Modular Smartphones in Market

Almost 18 month back, I had written a blog on Project Ara. Google (Motorola Mobility) launched Project Ara to develop modular smartphones with the announcement of Fairphone 2 (module/customizable) in December 2015. Neither Project Ara based phone nor Fairphone 2 phone are yet to hit the market, though the latter has sold 40,000 units of pre-ordered phones. LG has demonstrated its interesting modular smart phone LG G5 in MWC 2016 and launched it in February 2016. Similar to Module Developer Kit (MDK) of Google Project Ara, LG has released SDK and MDK for G5 to build its own market place for G5 modules [LG calls them LG Friends] Of course, LG G5 is not truly modular like expected Project Ara device. However, LG G5 is capable of morphing itself to another device such as digital camera and extending itself as a VR Control, Smart remote control through Accessories, “LG Friends”. Since there are details of LG G5 on Internet, I will not provide a complete review and details of...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Wireless | 1 comment

Project Ara Demystified

Project Ara Demystified

Project Ara is a modular phone project announced by Google. Google started this after acquiring an Israel company named Modu (http://www.modumobile.com/). This project aims at providing a free open hardware platform for building a modular smartphone. This blog gives details of the project, explains advantages and gives details of plans of Google. Project Ara open hardware platform will include a structural frame to hold the hardware modules chosen by user as per his/her need. Google will to provide only the frame (called Endoskeleton) that will have slots for display on front side and other modules like camera, sensors, speakers, WiFi, processor on rear side. These slots can accommodate any hardware module of correct size. The modules are expected to be hot-swappable without powering o the phone. The Ara structural frame will have a backup battery to enable swapping of main battery. Apart from enabling user to build their own smartphones based on his/her need or interest or budget, this project helps in increasing the lifetime cycle and reducing electronic waste. Ara is going to lower the price of mobile...

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