Meet Puzzlephone, a modular phone that allows you to replace or enhance parts when necessary. Like Project ARA, the Puzzlephone has different modules so that you can upgrade it when necessary.
Here is the back view of the Puzzlephone.
They will come in different screen sizes (4.3, 4.7 and 5 inches)
The main differences I noticed when compared to Project ARA is that it has only 3 modules: the brain (processor, camera and electronics), the spine (display and buttons) and the heart (battery and secondary electronics).
I think these kind of modules are better to manage for manufacturers. ARA has too many modules. Here is a video on this modular phone.
The video is almost a year old. So, not sure how much has changed or progressed. Here is a more recent video that shows a real chassis.
From the Puzzlephone website, the device is slated to be ready in 2015. Here are some ambitious features of the phone that I copied from the website.
- CAN BE PERSONALIZED
- MAKES YOU EFFECTIVE
- IT’S GREEN AND ECONOMICAL
- Believes in a better future
- Will be open for all hardware developers
- Breaks down barriers
The initial OS is an Android Fork but seems like it may have other OSes in the future.
Are you excited for the arrival of such phones? I only wish they could have a more interesting name.