A while back, I told you guys about Phonebloks; the hopeful, yet ambiguously distant future of mobile technology. Well it turns out the concept might become a reality after all – and sooner than we expected – thanks to Motorola.
According to the Motorola official blog, they have been working on this idea for over a year and have code-named it “Project Ara”. They will be looking to leverage the Phoneblok creator, Dave Hakkens‘s community backing to help them make this project a reality. An excerpt from the blog post
Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines
This is really good, especially for the consumer market. I do have my reservations about leaving the implementation of such a wonderful idea in the hands of OEMs who are primarily in it for the profit but, I’m constantly reminded that Android was taken on by Google and it didn’t turn out so badly. The future of mobile technology is very promising. I can’t wait.
[*EDIT*: I just had a holy-crap moment immediately after publishing this – Google is Motorola!]