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Motorola developing the "Phonebloks" concept


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The guys at Moto—who have been working with Phonebloks—claim that they "want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software." Ambitious. Clearly, Google's influence is showing. But, more seriously, the idea is to create a third-party developer ecosystem for hardware, which would presumably make it easier for people to chip in to the sector: producing a camera here, say, or a GPS module there. Companies could play to their strengths, deliver straight to consumers, but not have to make an entire phone.


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In turn, that could make for more versatile, personalized phones, with the user getting to decide what they need and don't; what their phone can and can't do, how it looks and how long it lasts.





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Rommel
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She has sexy fingers.





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Salmon
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now this I can get behind

I don't use 90% of my phone's capability



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Chair
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I started a thread about this a few months back and some people didn't think anyone would try it.





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I like the idea, it'll be cool if they can pull it off.





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DayBowBow
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So what happens when you have your phone perfectly set up and a faster processor comes out that you want and the block takes up more room?





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So what happens when you have your phone perfectly set up and a faster processor comes out that you want and the block takes up more room?


Gyuess you have to make some decisions then.






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Eric Nies Grind Time
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I am imagining dropping this on a crowded street and the pieces go flying everywhere.





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I started a thread about this a few months back and some people didn't think anyone would try it.


don't think it was that, it was more people thinking/saying it was not possible with phones or CPUs.

i will also add this:

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I think people are missing how completely different this was to the phoneblocks idea. This isn't a fully customisable, interchangeable grid of possibilities like initially state. This is, all things considered a regular phone, but with parts that can be replaced when broken. Yes the elements can be 'upgraded' but their function remains in the same in the same manner that you can put a better graphics card in a pci-e slot. So they can get away with saying 'open' and 'customisable' because it is, technically. With that in mind, how is this so unviable? With some good marketing, this would prevent a lot more waste, and potentially be a better phone.



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I'm down, always thought I should be able to put multiple OSs on a device





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No it's your post count street cred





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So what happens when you have your phone perfectly set up and a faster processor comes out that you want and the block takes up more room?


CPUs are getting smaller, not bigger.






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Nerd boom





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KosmoCramer
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Why don't they just let you build the phone you want online, produce it, and ship it to you like a computer.

Not cost effective?

Why are phones more expensive than computers?






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The Calvin
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As a nerd, this is sooo cool but i doubt they pull it off


Who knows what Motorola has up it's sleeve..They seem to be gaining a lot of publicity but it's still motorola..we shall see






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Why don't they just let you build the phone you want online, produce it, and ship it to you like a computer.

Not cost effective?

Right, not remotely cost-effective. The only reason phones are as cheap as they are is because cheap overseas labor can assemble them doing the same thing over and over. Also, your way would produce a custom phone, but it would not be modular or upgradeable like these.

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Why are phones more expensive than computers?
Well, there is a lot of price overlap, and many computers cost a lot more than phones, but in general it costs more to make things small.






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Korkstand
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As a nerd, this is sooo cool but i doubt they pull it off

Who knows what Motorola has up it's sleeve..They seem to be gaining a lot of publicity but it's still motorola..we shall see

I think Google is pulling the strings. There seem to be a lot of technical hurdles, but I think it's definitely doable with today's or the near future's tech.

I'm not sure they would sell, but I, for one, would be very interested. I would love to be able to customize my phone, not to build the one perfect phone for me, but to change it for day-to-day situations. If I will be away from a power outlet for a while, I might swap out my daily-use screen for a low-power one and replace extra storage with another battery.

It also opens up the possibility of inexpensive special-purpose phones, like maybe a "survival" phone that has a small solar panel and a fire-starter of some sort, or what have you.

Or, it doesn't even have to be a phone at all. It is really just an open platform that can be transformed into any sort of computing device you want. Load one up with just storage and a ports module and make an HTPC. Or plug in a large screen and make a desktop out of it.




I'm getting myself all excited now.






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Or, it doesn't even have to be a phone at all. It is really just an open platform that can be transformed into any sort of computing device you want. Load one up with just storage and a ports module and make an HTPC. Or plug in a large screen and make a desktop out of it.


This what I want. A single device that I can customize as a phone, a tablet, or a PC depending on whatever I need at that particular moment.






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This what I want. A single device that I can customize as a phone, a tablet, or a PC depending on whatever I need at that particular moment.

These could really become the basis of a future with mini computers everywhere, that serve any purpose. Another idea I had was a home security system. Conceal several of them around the house with day/night cameras, watching the doors and windows and listening for shite. You would have a master one hidden inside with a cell modem for outside communications, and another for video storage. They all communicate with each other via wifi, so if one gets destroyed or is otherwise taken out of service, they all "know" about it and can alert you. And they all have their own battery packs in the case of power outages.






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I am imagining dropping this on a crowded street and the pieces go flying everywhere.



no different than dropping a naked iphone on the street and it shatters.

buy a case, problem solved






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