Project Ara: Motorola Efforts to Make a Detachable Smartphone to Last Forever

Just if you recall, we recently had posted a write-up about a Mobile Phone that will last forever.

For those who don’t have any idea about Phonebloks:

A smartphone built on Phonebloks is basically a compound of detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone, allowing the user to build their own mobile depending on individual requirements.

If a blok breaks you can simply replace it; if it is becoming stale just upgrade it.

You can read more about Phonebloks here.

Well, Motorola had started working on this very concept, which was unveiled just now. Motorolla calls it the ‘Project Ara’ that will let its users to customize their smartphones. Users would be allowed to switch between diverse hardware modules to assemble their desirable Mobile Phone, just like apps.

Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for actualizing this highly modular smartphones. It values mentioning that this group is working with Dave Hakkens – a same person who set forth this notion through his Phonebloks Mobile Phone at first place.

Project Ara

Whilst Motorola already allows its users to customize some external design elements of its Moto X phones, the new project will grant users to choose the look as well as internals of their own phone, and even change it when they get bored.

Project Ara

Paul Eremenko had uncovered this on Motorola’s official blog on Monday, the company says it’s already “done deep technical work” and is initiating the process up to the public and volunteers to begin designing hardware modules, “Motorola is inviting people across the globe to become Ara Scouts.”

Anybody can volunteer the Project and can expect certain perks, the company says, “A hundred of the most active scouts will receive Project Ara at no cost when it launches, and all scouts will receive an exclusive discount.” (You can Sign Up here).

Hakkens has described his design as a “phone worth keeping” – with the capability to upgrade block by block and (hopefully) never encounter any obsolescence, again we’d call this idea a phone definitely worth building. But I still wonder if the waterproofing will be the possibility with such a design?


  • Stone

    Copied from CNET….. but unfortunately, your own sentences are filled with amazing grammar as usual :) e.g. “I still wonder if THE waterproofing will be THE possibility”

    • Ajmal

      Yaar keeray he nikaltay raha karo ap log …. hum nay konsa englastaan fatah kerna hay bas samaj aani chahiay, Thats it :-)

      • Stone

        LOL my issue wasn’t with the english but how apparent the writers own sentences are as compared to the whole article which he copy pasted from CNET. Naqal k liye aqal wali baat

    • Umer

      Bus Hm Pakistaniyoon Ka Yehee masla ha koi angrezi likh ya bol de tu usma se keeray nikalna shuru ker dete han ……

      • Stone

        Sahi baat hai….you know all the problems we Pakistani’s have…..genius!! Read my last comment and please spare me…..

      • Rahim

        aesay logo k pas or kch kam nahe …khud kch kar nahe sktay dusro mai keeray nikalenge

    • Rahim

      i do not think it is a copy, if you think it is a copy from cnet then cnet copied it from Motorola official blog,
      this article is available over million different blogs and news website all over the internet and none on them had written their own material everyone projected the news released by motrola.
      and you’re an idiot, because this is not something which can be written based on the writer thoughts , this is something which has to be written the way it was published officially. This is like a news , not a tutorial or tips that would be unique.

      never seen a guy with so much possessiveness pakistanis.

      • Rahim

        for*

      • Stone

        Wah jee wah…meray pass koi kaam nahi and you are so busy that you paste 3 comments in a row??? And about being an idiot….takes one to know one. Point in case was, if it was copy pasted from somewhere, the writer credits or at least mentions it was. I don’t know why we get so hyper on the slightest of criticism :/ personal he lay jatay hein!!

        • pyari

          oh pls! stop badegring now. it is we, the readers, who , acutally, are the real idiots for they come to see what the article holds and instead end up having to scroll the whole page down all the way to the end of last comment just to find out some “know-it-all” typing horsefeathers.?

          • ansab

            For Gods sakes, people. What Stone is saying is correct… the person who posted this article should have mentioned the source.
            And if he actually did copy-paste, then he should have posted it “as is”, without any additions or modifications.
            The first rule of re-blogging is mentioning the source article.
            Stop arguing, don’t you have anything better to do?