Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014You won't stay up just by upgrading parts. Plus parts will not be as affordable as you think.Are you trying to say that the components are not what keeps you up with tech? The only thing not upgradable is the screen...so does this mean pc users can't keep up with tech unless they buy new pc's? Seriously, some poepl need to think logically.
joonius, 17 Apr 2014I think it will go more like this. One of the OEM works hard to produce a component, say in Ja... moreI completely agree. Replacing parts for a small sized netbook is such a headache...imagine trying to attempt this Ara stuff with even smaller components. This seems more appealing to the tech savvy.
AgeOfMobile, 17 Apr 2014This is the future of mobile technology and design. Specs has reached saturation point that pe... moreI think it will go more like this. One of the OEM works hard to produce a component, say in January, then bunch of people buy them. Then a competitor produce a better component, say in April, one which is significant upgrade over the previous one which makes people buy this one. The old component becomes waste while the OEMs incur huge cost and gain low revenue, the consumers spend twice as much for the component they want. Similar thing has been happening in the PC market and if phones become modular, it will happen to phone market as well. It will be difficult to attract the OEMs first of all, and it will be difficult to attract the consumers in mass. How many people assemble their own desktop PCs? Not very many.
I see this as an awesome innovation. The device, at first, will likely apply more to people who want something new and fresh. I would like to see very specialized modules such as a directional antenna used to pinpoint wireless disturbers. Proprietary modules could give companies the edge while doing buisness. Of course this will lead to proprietary modules used for illegal activities.
bbb12, 17 Apr 2014plus what you think is purely on speculation, it does not mean anything. We just have to wait ... morea modular system limit its expandability by keeping the same basic component.
sure its bettet than no expandability but at leadt a complete phone is more compact stable and quarantee better software support.
as for parts to cost more how can they not? more connection more casing more specialized part, more minituralizstion and more precision manufscturing.
One must understand the pace that mobile tech is moving at to get the point of this concept. The features and services we brag about now were just a concept in our minds or gripes we moaned about a couple of years ago. The update cycles of smartphones will change. Software evolves so fast so it's only logical for the hardware to keep up with it. Phones are becoming less and less of a phone and more of a true handheld computer each update. This is the inevitable. Like any useful product invented, mobile devices will become more of a necessity than a luxury. Like any modern electronic appliance in your home, you invest in them and naturally, you want them to last longer. This will not immediately replace the one-piece, all or nothing gadget we have now but it will eventually evovlve with it until both of these give way to a more practical innovation. (eg. flexible smart devices, wearables, etc.)
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014You won't stay up just by upgrading parts. Plus parts will not be as affordable as you think.plus what you think is purely on speculation, it does not mean anything. We just have to wait but regardless this ARA project is really is a breath of fresh air interm of innovation, having more MP,more resolution, bigger screen etc are just a stuffy innovation.
AgeOfMobile, 17 Apr 2014This is the future of mobile technology and design. Specs has reached saturation point that pe... morepeople always can keep their phone longer.
this modular system is not future proof.
is it going to make people less attractive to all the fresh new phone everyyear？not so much.
Project ara as a Phone with interchangeable parts is crap. All new generation modules will be smaller, in different shape or with different connectors. Frame must be also upgraded to support faster data transfer speeds. it's easier and cheaper to sell old phone and buy a new one with guarantee, better packed modules as new generation screen, antennas and more durable body without fragile and bulky Lego structure. Now when u damage screen or mainboard it's cheaper to buy a new device. Do u think it will suddenly change with ara? If manufacturer can sell u whole phone, he will make cost of separate parts higher to make it not viable option.
This is the future of mobile technology and design. Specs has reached saturation point that people are looking for a new option. An option that will let people keep their phones for longer. Of course, there will be stumbling blocks along the road as in any developing mass-produced tech. But once the design and the system becomes more refined, the big companies will eventually dip their hands on it. That way, it will become mainstream. Think about it: A phone you can upgrade and redesign as it ages without having to dispose altogether. Pretty neat.
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014Ever hear the expression 'short term loss long term gain'?!? It may work out more expensive a... morethe only way to stay up with tech is to buy a new phone. A phone is not just sum of its parts. A modular phone is not only NOT future proof but actually hinder stability, compatibility and OS upgrade supports.
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014Ever hear the expression 'short term loss long term gain'?!? It may work out more expensive a... moreYou won't stay up just by upgrading parts. Plus parts will not be as affordable as you think.
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014wait until you find out how much it'll cost and how inferior it will be compare to other phone... moreEver hear the expression 'short term loss long term gain'?!? It may work out more expensive at the start but over the course of a few years you will be able to stay up with tech at a much more affordable costs for the period you have the phone. I.E. if in two years you wanted a new phone then you will have the whole cost where as this will be components you are most bothered about so will cost a fraction on a new phone cost.
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014this is not google's innovation, google bought the conceptBuying a concept then developing is it recognising it and innovating (making it real), they are not doing a nokia or apple and buying a company and converting software.
apple-sux, 16 Apr 2014this is like the coolest thing ever! i will be in!wait until you find out how much it'll cost and how inferior it will be compare to other phone in the same price range.