Google’s modular Ara phone update was easily my favorite announcement from I/O 2016. It also turned out to be one of the most controversial.
Many of us, Verge readers and writers alike, have awaited the arrival of a modular phone ever since we first saw Dave Hakkens’ 2013 Phonebloks concept video. We’ve envisioned a modular CPU, GPU, battery, display, sensors, and memory, in addition to things like cameras, GPS, fingerprint sensors, kickstands, microphones, Amazon Dash buttons, e-Ink displays, and of course, lasers. We also want it to be as thin as every other flagship smartphone around. But Ara isn’t that, to the annoyance of Vlad Savov and other prominent voices in tech.
Would you pay as much for a complete Ara phone as you would for an iPhone or Galaxy S flagship?
- No, it would need to be cheaper to be attractive
- Yes, I can see the potential
- I’d pay more to reduce e-waste and reuse modules in a variety of frame types
- I would never buy this thing
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