Items tagged with modular smartphone

Have you ever tried repairing a broken screen on your smartphone? It can be done, though in most cases, it's not easy—smartphone makers don't build handsets with a mindset towards DIY repair or upgrades. That's not the case with Fairphone's second generation handset, the Fairphone 2, a modular handset that's now available to purchase. The idea behind the Fairphone 2 is that repairs and upgrades should be easy and affordable. To that end, Fairphone CTO Olivier Hebert demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2016 just how fast and painless it is to replace the screen on the Fairphone 2. From start to finish, it took him just 23 seconds. (Video at the bottom of the post showing the process in... Read more...
Google’s efforts to build a modular, “LEGO” smartphone are coming closer to fruition. When we last visited Project Ara back in late December, Google was in the midst of testing early version of its Spiral 2 prototypes. At the time, project lead Paul Eremenko revealed that not only would production Ara smartphones be available in two form-factors, but they NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 would be one of two possible processor options available to developers and consumers. Today, during the Project Ara Module Developers Conference, Google provided another status update on its modular smartphone efforts, and things are progressing nicely. Spiral 2 prototypes mark a huge upgrade from the earlier Spiral... Read more...