- Dec 23, 2009
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Does this give you hope for the potential of Google's Project Ara?
Definitely. I see Ara succeeding where these guys won't. Ara has major funding thrown behind it and this video is a crowd funding advert.
I love the idea but you are exactly right. Theres no money for those guys.Regardless of who gets the tech off the ground, this will be the future of a whole field of devices-and the carriers will fight it tooth and nail.
This appeals to me because I am a builder/tinkerer; it just rubs me the right way...
Thank you for kind of furthering my point. The only way this is really going to stick is to get some sort of standards in place as far as module size, connector type. Especially if more than one device maker/project team are going to put out modular devices like this.There's really no reason for the carriers to resist this, except for one huge reason: COMPATABILITY. I imagine it would be a real nightmare trying to troubleshoot customers' half-baked module configurations.
I don't think this will ever get off the ground in a significant way. Just look at computers and the shelf-life of motherboards and compatibility issues across different hardware. The idea you'll just buy something off the shelf and plug it into your phone IS the concept, but probably not remotely feasible in practice.
I think the best we can hope for to come out of this is a la carte customization. Don't expect to be able to just swap out the CPU or add more ram.
If they can get the chip and other module manufacturers onboard, I don't think it'll make much of a difference. As long as they're not getting a CPU from Samsung or a battery from Motorola, there won't be anything that oems can really do to stop it.Main reason this was invented so you can upgrade components without having to upgrade the whole phone. But don't manufactorers WANT you to desire the next best thing and pay full price for it rather than going out and but a small component at a fraction of the price? I love the idea, and I'm sure so will consumers, but I'm not sure how it will fly with manufacturers since it seems to me to be money out of their pockets. Thoughts?