Built by Google Project Ara, it will certainly be the first modular smartphone on the market, but not the only one. The idea of mobile devices that can be assembled like blocks is also captured by other companies by designing their own versions. Circular Devices has just announced a rival for Project Ara, which is called Puzzlephone.
Puzzlephone is a project that, in general terms, resembles an idea implemented by Google, although it has been somewhat simplified. The Ara project will offer a basic platform where you will be able to hook individual modules of any component, so change the battery, processor, camera, Meanwhile, Puzzlephone has been divided into three top-down sections that the user can exchange themselves.
The main section is the “backbone” consisting of the display, the loudspeaker and the housing that is the core of the structure responsible for its functioning. The next section is the “heart” containing the battery and the secondary electronic circuits, while the third is the “brain” in which the processor and the camera are located.
In the Finnish project we can not therefore exchange individual modules, but only change the sections designed by the manufacturer. This is a more user-friendly solution, but offers less personalization options.