Motorola and 3D Systems team up to build the Ara modular handset

22 November, 2013
The two companies announced a deal to build a high-speed 3D printing production platform.

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  • Anonymous

Sounds neat, but I'd rather the software and camera to NOT have anything in common with moto. If all manner of different manufacturers take part and prices become competitively low, this will be a sweet deal. If not, then it'll fall in a hole.

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  • 2013-11-25 17:16
  • Ibxf
  • brojeswar damai

i wish if i were some where bt nt in my city. I cnt c any dealear of motorola in kolkata (india). any 1 who can suggest me abt this

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  • 2013-11-25 05:03
  • Mf5j
  • nik

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-24 19:04 from P@1G - click to readyou think phone makers dont know that. they can still make a lot of money with this kind of concept.

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  • 2013-11-25 04:40
  • wdM2
  • Don2x

> In reply to madman @ 2013-11-23 02:47 from Jy8w - click to readWell if you ask me... It's alot better than...

small fall and " f**k! My screen is broken already ?!"
"anyone knows where can I send my phone to get the screen replaced ?!?"

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  • 2013-11-25 02:57
  • vpc4
  • Don2x

> In reply to RawR ima dino @ 2013-11-23 00:33 from qMF$ - click to readWell... UI is ROM dependent... It's not modular phone related or should I say hardware related :)

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  • 2013-11-25 02:56
  • vpc4
  • dlads

This is a superb idea and I can really see this taking off so long as other companies get on board.

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  • 2013-11-24 22:36
  • 3GZy
  • Anonymous

> In reply to feifei @ 2013-11-24 12:15 from ibHT - click to readUpgradable phone = less iPhone and Samsung Galaxy centa-core sold

less brand new phone sold = less profits for manufacturers

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  • 2013-11-24 19:04
  • P@1G
  • Cenas

> In reply to Yani2000 @ 2013-11-24 17:45 from 3pwj - click to readWell, phones aren't really made for dropping.
But even if this does, at least a lot of energy would be dissipated by the "breaking apart" that you say it would happen.

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  • 2013-11-24 18:02
  • mVAc
  • Yani2000

I don't know...
I'm very sceptic about these things.
If I compare this phoneblock to a more older and mature product that would need this even more (notebooks), I would say that modular notebooks wouldn't be a hit because they need to be rock solid.
That's why some phone companies went for the aluminium UNIBODY design and all these Gorilla Glass improvments (granted you can have a Gorilla glass display on a phoneblock).
Phones still need to be solid and shouldn't break into pieces when dropped, which this phone definitely would.
That's my 2c.

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  • 2013-11-24 17:45
  • 3pwj
  • MGE

Remember when sombody drops a phone and the backcover and battery snap off ? I wonder how meny pieces you have to pick up when you drop a modular phone :))))

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  • 2013-11-24 15:17
  • ajTg
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-24 02:09 from GT6G - click to readRare-earths needed to make components come from china. About 90% global supply held by china. so...

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  • 2013-11-24 14:34
  • v0qG
  • Abhi2314

The Phoneblok is complete

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  • 2013-11-24 14:32
  • 2SUP
  • feifei

I love this innovation! how many years of thinking to see a customizable handphone like pc, finally it comes now!

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  • 2013-11-24 12:15
  • ibHT
  • Tarek Eldeeb

Just as u go to the computer shop to mix and assemble a PC, you can do so to build your next phone :)

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  • 2013-11-24 11:22
  • ftju
  • Anomynous

> In reply to JR Lim @ 2013-11-24 04:46 from v0q8 - click to readDon't forget drivers. Motorola will control the OS, you will have to use their hardware and their drivers, they aint gonna give Sharp or LG root permissions to install binary drivers for displays or whatever. It will be a very proprietary system. Not at all exciting.

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  • 2013-11-24 06:05
  • v0qJ
  • JR Lim

With more phones like these
the main focus is to just make parts

the main corporations like samsung or motorola will only provide frames with their basic parts or components for these phones

the manufacturers of displays, processors, storages and etc. will just advertise us on what parts in their view is the best

leading the next smartphone craze, components and consumer customization

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  • 2013-11-24 04:46
  • v0q8
  • Trooper

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-24 02:09 from GT6G - click to readIt you read the link you provided, it only mentions one model of Motorola handset, namely the Moto X, and it also states "Motorola is producing 100,000 Moto X smartphones per week at the company's Fort Worth, Texas, plant. According to Motorola, it is the only smartphone to be assembled in the United States." One model (not all Motorola phone models), and it is 'assembled' not manufactured in the United States. So you're wrong too.

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  • 2013-11-24 02:28
  • nI55
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Trooper @ 2013-11-23 04:17 from nI55 - click to readNothing random about it. As his comment was about all Android phones being made in Chinese sweatshops and your inability to catch the relevance. This article is about Motorola hardware, not all Android phones.

Get it?

Also, what reference is there supporting the claim Motorola phones are made in Chinese sweatshops? In fact, Motorola has the only smartphone mfg plant in the USA (a claim that the only other major US based smartphone brand, Apple, can't make) and with that knowledge, the comment shows as being even more biased as well as uninformed:

So if you want to jump into the middle with your own comment, "But iPhones don't run Android" (duh!), feel free. But don't complain about being caught in the blowback because you didn't catch the irony or don't know all the facts. Facts which makes it clear to me there's bias in the comment against Motorola (which has yet to be defended).

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  • 2013-11-24 02:09
  • GT6G
  • MisterCats

> In reply to phoneaddict @ 2013-11-23 15:07 from tVwf - click to readTurns out no one actually cares. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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  • 2013-11-23 21:59
  • RHTG
  • dr.prats

Technlgy has evolved and is ever will have a true significance when its avlbl for all.
ever increasing RAMs, COREs, ..and ever increasing prices..
i just hope we r moving in the right direction.

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  • 2013-11-23 19:09
  • 2@de