Motorola’s modular smartphone: Project Ara

The concept of modular phones inveiled itself in September this year when Dave Hawkins introduced the idea of Phonebloks, now it turns out that he was not the only one to have this idea as Motorola has just announced that they are working on a project of similar nature for that past year. Now can this project the Motorola Araactually happen or is it still, despite Google’s enviable and practically unlimited resources, a nice idea that is unlikely ever to become reality?


Phonebloks concept became very famous as the idea is so innovative that it could change the whole course of the current phone market. The need of upgrading the phone in every two years would be well gone by the introduction of this uniquely new idea, as this idea was bringing power to the consumers itself by giving them the ability to upgrade or replace certain part of their phone.


Project Ara is Motorola’s Take on the same concept as described earlier, the company is developing free and open hardware platform which is intended to fuel the creation of modular smartphones.

Motorola is aiming to do for the hardware market “what the Android platform has done for software.” This is, in its own words, “create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.”

As this is just a concept, details are thin on the ground, but Motorola is suggesting the Ara hardware will consist of an endoskeleton, by this they mean a structural frame into which the modules would be able to be slotted. Motorola is now taking Hawkins in with their team, and comparing work with the idea of Phonebloks.In the coming months, Motorola hopes to invite developers to start creating modules for the Ara platform, with plans for the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) to hit alpha sometime this Northern Hemisphere winter.

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