not_assembling_silly, 17 Apr 2014Why can't you look at the positive side wherein if a specific module breaks, you don't have to... moreI'm not against the idea of modular phones. I'm just very skeptical of it even making to beta stage because of the first point I made which is the support of the OEMs. Especially the mainstream OEMs will find this idea neither attractive nor lucrative enough to support it. It's just not sustainable.
Why majority of the comments given here are by 'Anonymous' or in reply to Anonymous. Why the users afraid to use some nick names?
It's funny how a lot of the readers here are underesrimating Google and technology itself. While many of the issues you're raising here are valid, common sense tells us they won't release a half-baked product to mass market with little to no support. They're not just recreating hardware here. They will create service and support to come along with the final product. It's pretty obvious that the 2015 target of Google here is the 3rd party ddevelopers and some early adopters to see how the product will fair and evolve on a user-level before its true mass market release. This is exactly how android itself began. Calm down, armchair CEOs. Google knows better than everyone of us here. Project Ara isn't even beta yet. Jeez
This might be the "last phone" you ever need. Pretty sure most phone company will be wanting to see this fail. I just hope they can see beyond the profits.
I'd be surprised if they manage to make this into a thin, attractive form factor given all the removable parts.
Unfortunately I suspect it will look compartively thick, clunky and ugly compared the competition.
This need wireless charging for all their modules. So u can plug and play and have optimal battery.
This project will be able to increase life as this will make mobiles like laptop. You can upgrade certain things but not completly. This may bring a new revolution.
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2014yes it will be difficult but am sure they will look into this thoroughly. As for the no OS up... moreI don't see them building a robust enough system to handle technology that will come within the next 5 years. Even if they can see the near future it still be too costly.
simply put by year 2 the chassis won't be adequate to handle for example the new display, processor or camera. And the software updates will stalled.
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2014so pc users have to buy new pc's to stay up with tech then?!? seriously......think before typ... moreyou forgot how fast phone advances as an platform.
No way in 2 years time the original chassis(skeleton) can keep up no matter what you want to plug on it.
I know we are spoiled but its true people will only accept the best integration of all the latest features. And it has to be in a fresh package.
How many time we all hear an 1 year old phone-style is outdated.
MoFo, 17 Apr 2014I completely agree. Replacing parts for a small sized netbook is such a headache...imagine try... moreUnfortunately, notebooks are not really built to be like ara's. There are service centers for laptops or even desktops to do the upgrades for you. Different objectives for different devices, just so happened that the main objective for this project is to make the device 'user serviceable'.
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2014so pc users have to buy new pc's to stay up with tech then?!? seriously......think before typ... moreIf you use the same standard, yes you would have to buy or build a complete new PC.
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2014you are twisting my words. building any whole phone is challenging enough making all part w... moreyes it will be difficult but am sure they will look into this thoroughly. As for the no OS update after 2 years, most maufacturers only give updates to their phones twice and in some cases this has been in under two years. the only ones that receive the updates rugular are the nexus series or the google versions from other OEMs. I think the updates will be restricted to what hardware there is - i.e. the phone will state there is an update available but you are not able to updates if you have x cores or x ram - but onlt time will tell what they do with this. i like the idea and am eager to see it but do have reservations about it
Anonymous, 17 Apr 2014Are you trying to say that the components are not what keeps you up with tech? The only thing... moreyou are twisting my words.
building any whole phone is challenging enough making all part works effiently and and too the full potential.
it will be a nightmare trying to have all part new or old work nice together.dont feel surprised if no more os update after 2 years.
joonius, 17 Apr 2014I think it will go more like this. One of the OEM works hard to produce a component, say in Ja... moreWhy can't you look at the positive side wherein if a specific module breaks, you don't have to throw away the entire phone? It's not assembling your own phone, I'm pretty sure most people would buy the pre-assembled ones just like what's happening with PCs but to have the ability swap out a broken module in less than a day versus having to have to buy a new one or say having your phone serviced for weeks or month, that is something we should be excited about.
Excited but one thing comes to mind, will this eliminate the shock/water proof capability? Or will google create such a shell? Or will I just rely on otter or other cases?
So if you drop it, does it like fly everything all over the place? Imagine picking up pieces of your phone in the middle of the road. Hope they take these into considerations.
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 agree with the most part of this. the end comment is kinda irrelevant though as it's not about building more upgrading. the question should be rephrased to 'how many people upgrade their pc' and the answer is allot. this won't be a phone aimed for the non technical or ungeeky
Oh my, my sim module fell, idk where?
haist! have to buy a new module and a sim...
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014the only way to stay up with tech is to buy a new phone. A phone is not just sum of its parts.... moreso pc users have to buy new pc's to stay up with tech then?!? seriously......think before typing.
yeah there could be stability issues but i would imagine that google will address these pre launch of phone and any new components due to the shere size of the company and amount of bad press it would bring. still this is speculation and only time will tell.