Give me a proper phone with 6" full hd screen, 41 mp OIS & XENON flash, minimum 4500 mah battrey, Android OS and stylus ....rest of the specs will automaticaly fall in place ....ohh i guess i am talking abt dream note4 or 5 or 6 or 7............or Nokia 1720....or 2020 or 2320..launch that phone and take my money.....anyone?
MdN8, 01 Mar 2014Phonebloks actually. Yes, this is nothing new.this was in development along time before phonebloks the guy from phonebloks even offered input to google...
This isn't a smartphone, it's a whole new type of computer/tech. You can't call it a smartphone, because it's not. It should be called a DIY Mobile PC. Pretty sexy name in my opinion
Anonymous, 01 Mar 2014You all here never heard of PHONEBLOCKS!?Phonebloks actually. Yes, this is nothing new.
Guys....as we say in my country....Google is really paying attention in class...thumbs up, really making a difference in comon product, finally innovation in our hand.
All the modules should have been the same size with similar connect points. This way it would be completely modular and we'll be able to fit the camera or speakers top or bottom or on the side or wherever we want.
Interesting to see it fleshed out a bit. I wonder how the current Android OEMs will react? Seems like it will destroy their current business model and margins.
Klaudyu, 01 Mar 2014Imagine the possibilities, having sony do a camera module, samsung a display, another company ... moreSony camera and samsung display ?...That already exist...it´s samsung ! Samsung uses sony´s camera !
This has the potential of becoming an epic win.
The only worthy successor of my Note 3 will be a modular phone
Ara, 01 Mar 2014Pros: - Customizable - Extremely serviceable - Affordable (depends on level of customizatio... moreFor sure there will be a lot of pros and cons like you've mentioned: compatibility. I think the best way is not to buy this phone "yet", and wait for the official release from Google (if there will be) about the compatibility of a certain part of the phone coming from the manufacturers.. I guess they should be certified by Google to ensure there won't be much of an issue. But isn't refreshing to see this kind of invention since we're already tired of a 4" display rectangle with rounded corners, a soap phone that has been there for the past years, an aluminum phone which causes connectivity issues... I guess its not gonna harm us to try these new things. :)
wow! this is sooo cool! apple sorry to say this but your days are numbered.
- Extremely serviceable
- Affordable (depends on level of customization)
- Access to a multitude of component suppliers
- Theoretically more ecologically friendly (only need to discard unwanted/obsolete modules rather than an the entire unit)
How to regulate inter-compatibility between component manufacturers? Who will guarantee that a Wi-Fi module from one supplier won't interfere with a cellular module from another?
Further to that point, as per the guest's comment during the interview, if a module causes issues with the operation of the device, then the customer will know not to purchase that module again from that supplier. Seriously??? I have to essentially risk my money on potentially purchasing several incompatible or poorly designed modules, only to find out that they don't work? So, I could end up spending $1000 on what would otherwise be a $400 device.
Warranty. By parsing out the individual elements of the handset to 3rd party vendors, Google has effectively handed off warranty support to the module manufacturers.
I'm sure there are other pros and cons to this development, but we'll have to wait for more details to come forward before we can really see if this would be a more enticing alternative for consumers.
i think we cant call it a phone or smart phone its more than that totally a new breed next evolution of mobile computing device platform
Just think when you drop that you may never find all the parts that happened to fly off when it hit the floor. :D
This idea has been floating around for a few years, I think Motorola had the idea a few years back, but it is good to see it now being possibly being put into reality, i think if done correctly this could change the mobile industry much the same what the iphone changed how we used phones back then, I hope to see all manufacturers developing their own modules for these devices, that would be awesome being able to build your own unique mobile phone tailored to your own needs rather then a device meant for all sounds epic, you can choose which parts are the best for you and dumb down the rest if you so need. :-)