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How The Modular Phone Is Hitting A Homerun Over The Smart Phone!

Friday, September 30, 2016

It appears Google has officially confined +Project Ara to the pages of mobile phone history yet, the urge for people to spend hundreds of pounds on the latest phone maybe actually diminishing!

I cannot think of a more innovative phone idea currently being tossed around than a phone with modular capabilities so, it seems strange that Google would disband Project Ara at this point in time. Project Ara and modular phone technology detractors object that nobody wants a thicker phone. However, wouldn't you want a thicker phone if it would allow you to snap on bits of fresh technology that you could use on the go?

Let's face it, spending £500 or £600 every couple of years on the latest smartphone is getting harder to justify, especially when charger connectors do not stay the same. The thing to keep in mind when purchasing the latest smartphone or anything for that matter is "are you getting a significantly superior phone or a marginally improved phone?

In other words, is a £600 phone hugely superior to a £300 phone? The days of the good old ringtone mobile phone really bring me back nostalgic memories!

I don't think Google getting rid of Project Ara has anything to do with lack of public demand for modular phone technology. Quite the opposite. People don't want to keep being charged and "arm and a leg" for a marginal 10% improvement every year on the latest flagship phone. People today are warming to the idea of modular phones because more and more people want control over what to upgrade on a phone and when to upgrade it.

modular phone vs smart phone

That's the reason why modular IoT platforms such as +nexpaq are taking off but not without firm opposition since the whole mobile phone industry is set up around the business model of selling the latest phones on new contracts.
The modular phone concept can really be onto a winner and hit a home run if it would also allow upgradeability of core parameters such as memory RAM and chipset. After all, phones today are nothing more than pocket computers, and the beauty of desktop computers is being able to upgrade them and accessorize them!

As well as modular accessories, if the technologists behind modular phones can make modular upgrade cheap that will even entice even more people; thus creating more demand for modular phone technology.

I wonder...is the future of phone technology taking us to a cheap semi-disposable product or true upgradeability via modularity?

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