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Motorola announces Ara, a new modular phone concept

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Motorola announces Ara, a new modular phone concept - read the full textWe have seen the ambitions Phonebloks concept in the past. But while the idea was definitely amazing, it was hard not to get cynical about its success, considering it was just guy with an idea trying to get the attention of companies around the world to make it a reality. But what if one of...


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Just in case you didn't know, Project Ara IS Phonebloks. The person behind Phonebloks really was working for Motorola, and the posts he made were attempts to see how great of a market there was for a modular phone. I don't remember the links offhand, but I was following it at the time, and was a part of the data gathering they did, where they asked people why they wanted the device and had to complete "challenges" of how explaining how they wanted to use the device, and how it would improve their lives. I was in college at the time, and couldn't do all their projects every week, so I gave up. Point is, the two projects are one and the same.

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  • 2015-03-25 21:45
  • jaQZ

great idea.nice job moto-google to decide to make it reality

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  • 2014-10-22 01:14
  • TmCi

I believe Ara concept will eventually save the consumers pockets as there will be no need to buy an entire new Phone if my Phone's one part becomes defected.

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  • 2014-09-01 16:55
  • PB8i

I can not wait when it is finally released! It will make Motorola brand way more appealing than others.

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  • 2014-01-21 20:24
  • pIVn

ofcourse it's android, it's Motorola. were you thinking of windows phone because it looks similar to lumia products?

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  • 2013-12-09 23:30
  • IaHa

Please let the OS be modular as well! That would be all sorts of win! Allowing for customers to pick between Android or Windows (Apple will never agree to such a thing). But i'd get this phone in a heart beat if you could put Androids OS onto it. So excited to see where this goes!

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  • 2013-11-12 02:17
  • 2CP8

Way to Go Moto!!!

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  • 2013-11-04 15:33
  • Px}$

Motorola a pioneer manufacturing company. Wise step to reduce electronic junk; and confusion in gadgets purchasing.
I do appreciate ; wish best tailor made gadgets will be at hand.

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  • 2013-11-01 18:32
  • Xu9Q

> In reply to me @ 2013-10-30 21:34 from Tr8a - click to readReally good concept, atlast the founders of mobile are back in the market

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  • 2013-11-01 02:11
  • KAA9

Very Creative.....

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  • 2013-10-31 17:55
  • tUdx

> In reply to Bluemango26 @ 2013-10-29 14:55 from vaPP - click to readthey ahave been working on it for over a year,. phoneblocks is 4 months. you do the maths. they are also working along side phoneblocks to show support.

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  • 2013-10-30 21:39
  • Tr8a

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-29 16:31 from v0qJ - click to readthe issue is, theose manufaturers are making lots of money in the phone market right now doing what they are doing. motorola are not, but they have all the knowhow needed to make this happen, this will benifit motorola but it would not benifit any of the names you mentioned.

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  • 2013-10-30 21:34
  • Tr8a

Nice concept!! But it needs those block holders to be movable to accommodate for different sizes of same module(say a bigger battery). While the naked look is good, they might also want to put in a cover there.

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  • 2013-10-30 19:23
  • YgTq

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-29 18:31 from 0pmT - click to readThen Microsoft-Nokia, whatever name they use for their phones.

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  • 2013-10-30 13:28
  • ptQX

Possibilities are limitless. Not just conventional camera, display modules but think of radar modules , laser ranger modules , radio direction finders etc. that would come in handy with it

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  • 2013-10-30 11:45
  • v{uH

So when do we get phonebloks with 320gb hybrid 1.8" hard drives, 4AH batteries, and 24-200mm f/2.8 stabilized zoom lenses?

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  • 2013-10-30 02:18
  • 0JaE

I hope this comes to commercial market. This looks promising. a lot of possibilities here. Just what is Googliness? This is one good example.

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  • 2013-10-30 02:11
  • KcVB

Donations doesn't cut it, we need to Kickstart the SHIT out of this.

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  • 2013-10-30 00:17
  • Ycpt

> In reply to alexutzusrl @ 2013-10-29 19:20 from 0UgY - click to readUhh, nokia can make a battery part and a camera part and, right?

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  • 2013-10-29 23:34
  • 3LUy

I wonder if it falls a mighty fall on the ground, will the parts fly all over the place?

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  • 2013-10-29 22:00
  • jtKu

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