Am I hoping that if you drop your ARA that after it has disintegrated into it's modules all over a hard tiled kitchen floor or sidewalk, that without human intervention, the modules automagically crawl back towards the CPU and re-assemble like the T-1000 does after being dealt some whoopass by Arnie.
selfiecchi, 21 May 2016ara will have edge modularHahaha! Makes sense
Where's the IP68 waterproof module?
Seriously though, very cool to see this finally starting to see the light of day. & glad to see E-Ink on board.
nick, 21 May 2016Wonder what will happen if google unites with samsung for this project? ara will have edge modular
Wonder what will happen if google unites with samsung for this project?
Just for fun, imagine when you drop the phone, you will need at least 5 min to put the damn thing together and that is if you find all the peaces :-D
viveksubhash, 21 May 2016probably not on the first gen of Ara..but afaik the battery, processor and screen should not b... moreEven if they are not swapable on the fly, the flexibility in assembling is very important. As for complaining...well as usually manufacturers get it wrong. There are tons of fashionphones for the masses, Ara was about different type of users who want quality and functionality as top priority. There's no point in making a modular phone for fashioboys/girls. And it currently isn't for advanced users too. So it will be a fail and we are still stuck with the same "choices"
viveksubhash, 21 May 2016most of the OEMs have reported that a non removable battery provides more stability and durabi... moreWell they have to come up with some bullshit to justify their scam. Even if there is a difference it would be so insignificant the disadvantages far outweight the eventual advantages.
Anonymous, 21 May 2016Well this would be no different than having a few different models. A few screen sizes a fewot... moreprobably not on the first gen of Ara..but afaik the battery, processor and screen should not be swappable..be cause they cannot be swapped on the fly anyway...and if they do make a swappable core component system the 1st gen will be so thick then users will start complaining on that too..its not possible to please everybody.....
Anonymous, 21 May 2016Hmm, but modular battery should be no different than regular battery. 3.7 volts, so there shou... moremost of the OEMs have reported that a non removable battery provides more stability and durability to the device(although in all fairness i saw this in a laptop review..not a mobile phone one) than a removable battery
viveksubhash, 21 May 2016ah but you have answered your own question...google must have tried out modular batteries and ... moreHmm, but modular battery should be no different than regular battery. 3.7 volts, so there shouldn't be any losses like there is with cases/usb batteries.
viveksubhash, 21 May 2016ah i think my words came out wrong..sorry about that..what i mean is that...in the PC ecosyste... moreWell this would be no different than having a few different models. A few screen sizes a fewother changes and as always, you'll have one thing you like and other thing you don't, which is a compromise. For example, i want a 5.5-6.0 phone with a huge (At least 400-4500 mah) removable battery, 2 sim slots with sd card and a good speaker(s). Pretty sure i won't get all of that with Ara.
Anonymous, 21 May 2016Battery cases are not very efficient in their current implementation (With a 2000mah case, you... moreah but you have answered your own question...google must have tried out modular batteries and found very poor efficiency...and what will happen if you suddenly pull out the only battery module??
Anonymous, 21 May 2016The thing is, it's not about upgrade, but asembling the device you want, the device that fits ... moreah i think my words came out wrong..sorry about that..what i mean is that...in the PC ecosystem also there are restrictions..if you go shopping there are chipset types, socket types and whatnot, making a phone will be like making a teeny tiny itx pc...what i mean to say is that say google has released a phone with 5.3in screen a processor and an integrated battery, that will(read as..should) not be their only skeleton, probably they will have a trio of phones say how about 4.8in, 5.3in and 6in with appropriate chipsets on which people can build their phones(like buying a prebuilt PC from an OEM like hp and adding a new graphic card) and relax its their first gen...they got a loooong way to go
think of the other ways you can use this modularity...people who want to take photos can add modules with optic zoom, and on that topic why not add 2 cam modules for an instant 3d cam and a xenon flash instead of those weak leds, audiophiles can add their sound cards, gamers can add modules with physical buttons(hmm..wonder if they thought of this :|.. )how about dual sim/triple sim/quadriple sim??
the current flagships have a plethora of features..someof which are useless some are not enough..these can be addressed with such a build..
now t he problem will be to integrate all this in Android OS..they may to make that modular too..with each module carrying a piece of optimized software
viveksubhash, 21 May 2016haven't we seen more than our share of usb battery packs?? so many charging/battery pack cases... moreBattery cases are not very efficient in their current implementation (With a 2000mah case, your phone will receive, say, 1300mah due to voltage conversion). Unless they implement it differently, would be useless, and i doubt they'll care about battery, just like every other manufacturer doesn't.
Th-Saint2108, 20 May 2016Good idea...liked it... But the first device will be a disaster... But in the future it will... moretrue..a good exoskeleton will be needed to take care of this phone..probably they will have to limit expandability in one or 2 directions so a band or metal strip can be added for better stability...or it will probably break like a lego structure
Anonymous, 21 May 2016Another source says the battery is integrated too so probably not only you won't be able to sw... morehaven't we seen more than our share of usb battery packs?? so many charging/battery pack cases..there could possibly be an arrangement to do so in Ara...the only limitation is the bus thats connecting the modules together..