Have you ever felt the need to change your Smartphone’s camera without changing the phone itself? Or did you ever want to upgrade only the processor without tampering the other components of your phone? Well, as we know, that might not be possible with the devices that exist in the market currently. However, it is all going to change in the future, and a modular Smartphone is the first step towards this incredible hardware customization.
As per wiki “A modular Smartphone is a device made, using different components that can be independently upgraded or replaced in a modular design.”
Basically, it is a phone that can be adapted to suit your needs, and there are various advantages associated with this new design. For instance, users can dispose only of the specific part of their phone which has gone faulty instead of replacing the entire handset. This can drastically reduce the problem of electronic waste, which has now turned into a global issue. This also gives the users the much-deserved comfort of upgrading only specific component(s) of their phones, as per their choice. The module-based phone can also help them save money spent on regularly buying a new one, as it will now be much easier to repair the modules individually, without much effort. This will also bring down the repair costs and add to the benefits of the user.
One of the major players in the field of mobile operating systems has taken up a project to create a full-fledged modular phone. The objective of this project is to build a device that will let the users choose every specific part as per their wish. For instance, the phone could allow the users to select the exoskeleton frame and fit the modules of their own choice. The project would be first tested in the US, probably in a few months from now or in the first half of 2017. The great news is, apart from its new design, which is fascinating-enough, the phone is predicted to be quite affordable!
While the advent of the modular phone could give us the opportunity to mix and match the modules as per our choice, we may have to do it only from the given set provided to us. So, it might not be completely an open platform altogether. However, it would still be a major transition from the existing options we have and one should welcome it with open arms.